Four Suggestions for Successfully Growing Sage in the Herb or Flower Garden

Growing sage in the herb garden is one of the easiest of perennial garden herbs.

Sow this herb seed indoors approximately 8-10 weeks before you want to plant it outside. It grows nicely if the soil is kept at 70F and the seed is barely covered. Water with luke warm water.

I would sow half a dozen plants in a 3 or 4 inch pot and then thin once the seedlings had four to six true leaves to the strongest two plants.

sage leaf

Sage leaf

After Germination

Once the seeds germinated, the seedlings should be given full sunshine and growing on temperatures of 60-65. Higher temperatures or less sunshine will produce skinny seedlings.

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Planting Sage Outside

After all danger of frost, plant outside. Plan on a light harvest the first year. The second year will give you all the sage you'll require for the neighbor's turkeys as well as your own.

You can plant this herb directly in the garden. After your last frost, plant the seed one quarter inch deep in good garden soil in the full sunshine. Firm the soil over the seed and walk away. As long as the soil is slightly damp, it will germinate in several weeks. Thin the resulting seedlings to one plant every 6-9 inches.


Harvest tender leaves just before the plant starts to flower.

You'll likely find the plants get a little "woody" after three to four years and you may want to start a new plant from cuttings or get some seed.

If you allow your growing sage plants to flower and set seed, they will self-sow and you won't have to worry about new babies. You'll be weeding them out so they don't choke each other out.

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