Sage

Sage

Botanical name: Salvia officinalis

Plant type: Herb

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy

Planting

  • Sage can grow from seeds, but the best way to grow high-quality sage is from cuttings from an established plant.
  • You can start the seeds/cuttings indoors 6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost.
  • Plant the seeds/cuttings in well-drained soil 1 to 2 weeks before the last spring frost.
  • Plant the seeds/cuttings 24 to 30 inches apart. For best growth, the soil should be between 60º and 70ºF. Plants should grow to be between 12 and 30 inches in height.
  • In the garden, plant near rosemary, cabbage, and carrots, but keep sage away from cucumbers.

Care

  • Be sure to water the young plants regularly until they are fully grown so that they don't dry out.
  • Prune the heavier, woody stems every spring.
  • It's best to replace the plants every 4 to 5 years to ensure the best quality.

Pests

  • Rust
  • Powdery mildew
  • Stem rot
  • Fungal leaf spots
  • Whiteflies
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites

Harvest/Storage

  • During the first year, harvest lightly to ensure that the plant grows fully.
  • After the first year. be sure to leave a few stalks so that the plant can rejuvenate. If fully established, one plant can be harvested up to three times in one season.
  • Sage's flavor is best when fresh, but it can be stored frozen or dried. To dry, leave the branches in the sun; once dried, remove the leaves and store them in an airtight container.

Source: http://www.almanac.com/plant/sage