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Sage is an easy herb to grow at home. As an evergreen it will continue to provide you with fragrant leaves to use in your cooking all year round and you can dry the leaves for easy storage.
Growing calendar
Sow indoors Mar - Apr
Plant out/transplant May - Jun
Harvest All year round

How to grow sage

Sow sage seed 0.5cm deep in pots and transplant seedings to 30cm apart. You can also plant sage plants or rooted cuttings.

Sage likes well-drained soil in a sunny site.

Keep sage plants watered until they have established. Sage is evergreen so will keep its leaves through winter.

Harvesting and using sage

To use the sage leaves fresh, pick the, any time. If you plan to dry the sage leaves, pick them before flowering. Protect one-year-old plants with horticultural fleece in colder winters or move container grown sage plants indoors.

Tips on growing sage

  • Pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushy plants.
Growing notes
Difficulty Easy
Germination time 7-14 days
Average time to harvest From 12 weeks
Equipment needed Horticultural fleece
Average plant size 60cm tall and wide
Family group to grow with Lamiaceae: basil, thyme
Seed saving notes Perennial, can cross pollinate
Key nutritional content Fresh leaves contain vitamin A, calcium and zinc