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Sage leaves
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Salvia
Species: Salvia officinalis

Common sage
Garden sage
Kitchen sage

Plant Data
Min germination temp: 15°C (59°F)
Max germination temp: 21°C (70°F)
Germination time: 9 days
Time to transplanting: +20 days
Time to harvesting: +46 days
Mature height: 30cm (12in)
Mature spread: 60cm (24in)
Sow depth: ½cm (¼in)
Sow spacing: 2½cm(1in)
Sow row spacing: 40cm (18in)
Growing plant spacing: 60cm (24in)
Growing row spacing: 60cm (24in)
References: [1]
Hardiness Zones
Ideal Hardiness Zones
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Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a small perennial evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant. The common name "Sage" is also used for a number of related and unrelated species.

Planner[edit | edit source]

Sow (indoors)
Sow (outdoors)
Transplant outdoors



Growing[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil.[3]

Sowing[edit | edit source]

Sage grows very slowly from seed. Sow in a good compost covered only be a light sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Put the container in a polythene bag and maintain at 15-21°C (59-70°F). Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Germination should take place in 10-21 days.[1]

Planting[edit | edit source]

Plant a pot-grown specimen in spring.[3]

Harvesting[edit | edit source]

Harvest lightly the first year until the plant becomes established. Pick leaves sparingly the first season and replace entire plant after three seasons, because it becomes woody.[1]

Preserving[edit | edit source]

Sage is a good candidate for drying. It can take a while, but once dried leaves will keep for up to a year in a closed container.[3]


Troubles[edit | edit source]

Full troubles list: Mint troubles

References[edit | edit source]


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  1. a b c d Sage. myfolia. Retrieved: 2010-08-27.
  2. (1994). Food From Your Garden & Allotment. Reader's Digest Association Ltd, London. p. 199. ISBN 978 276 44336 7
  3. a b c Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 137. ISBN 9780903505468