How to Grow Sage
Common Sage, or Garden sage, can be found growing wild in the Mediterranean
region. There are over 750 species grown all over the world. Like many herbs,
it is also considered a flower. This herb grows as a shrub.
Sage has strong odor, and is bitter tasting. It is commonly used in cooking.
The bushes usually grow up to two feet high, with grey-green leaves. The
leaves have a pebbled texture. Flowers have circular clusters of white, pink
Sage plants are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your garden,
or started indoors for transplanting later. Start sage seeds indoors, six
weeks before the last frost. If planting outdoors, sow seeds after the soil
has begun to warm in the spring.
Sow sage seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil.
Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart.
Days to germination: 14-21
Plant Height: up to 24 inches
How to Grow Sage Plants:
Growing Sage plants is very easy. The plants prefer full sun and a well drained
They will do well in average soils and tolerate dry soil conditions. Water
them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
Cut back plants after blooming, to promote new growth.
Main Cooking Uses:
The leaves and stems of this herb, are used in cooking for flavoring sausages,
pork, sauces, cheese, dressings and stuffing. Grandma probably uses sage
in Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.
Sage leaves are also brewed for tea.
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