Sage is a shrub-like herb that grows dusty, soft, green leaves. Broadleaf sage has broad silvery leaves and tiny lavender flowers. The leaves have a tempting aroma and savory flavor and were traditionally used as a poultry stuffing and meat seasoning. It is a hardy perennial, that will come back year after year. In warmer climates, sage is usually grown as an annual because it doesn’t grow well in humidity.
Plant the seeds or cuttings indoors up to 10 weeks before the last frost. Plant outdoors up to two weeks before the last frost and leave 30 inches between the seeds or cuttings when planting. Sage does well when planted near cabbage, carrots and rosemary, but do not plant sage near cucumbers.
When sage plants are young, water them frequently to prevent them from drying out.
Fertilize twice during its growing season, side dress the plant with compost or a compost tea, especially if the plant is grown in a container. This replaces the nutrients in the soil. Sage doesn’t require any other fertilizer.
Broadleaf Sage Seeds
Days to Maturity
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date
Direct sow after frost date
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