Success With Seeds Sage

Sage Germination Information

Sage Seed Germination How to Sow Sage:
  • Best sown indoors at a temperature of 68-72°
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and in a warm soil
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 10-15 days

How to Grow Sage:
Transplanting: Space 12-18 inches apart

Spacing: Plant seedlings 10-12 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in an alkaline (pH 6.5-7), light, sandy, dry, well-drained soil

Additional Care: Pinch to promote compact plants and prune to remove scraggly growth

Appearance and Use:

This semi-shrubby, 2- 21/2 foot tall herb bears spikes of violet-blue, purple, white, or pink flowers in early summer. The velvety, gray-green leaves are used in sausage stuffing, meat dishes, egg and cheese dishes, and to make an herbal tea. An essence is extracted to use in soaps, perfumes, and to make yellow, cream, or gray-green dyes. Harvest them at any time for fresh use or for drying and storing. There are varieties with leaves that are purple or are tricolored green, white, and pink

About Sage:
Botanical name: Salvia officinalis
Pronunciation:  sal’ve-å o-fis-i-nal’is
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to the Mediterranean