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Sage Seedlings -  from Organic Certified Seeds

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a popular herb known for its aromatic leaves and culinary uses. Here are some key characteristics and growing information for sage:


  • Aroma and Flavor: Sage has a distinct aromatic scent and a warm, slightly bitter taste. It is commonly used in culinary dishes to add flavor.

  • Appearance: The leaves are grayish-green, oblong, and fuzzy. The plant typically reaches a height of about 2 feet (60 cm) and has woody stems.

  • Growing Habit: Sage is a perennial herb, meaning it can survive for multiple growing seasons. It is also a member of the mint family.

Growing Methods:

  • Propagation: Sage can be grown from seeds, cuttings, or by dividing existing plants. Seeds can be started indoors before the last frost and transplanted outdoors when the weather is suitable.

  • Soil: Sage prefers well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Sandy or loamy soil is ideal for preventing waterlogging.

  • Planting: Space sage plants about 18 to 24 inches (45-60 cm) apart. Planting in the spring or fall is recommended.

Ideal Temperatures and Climate:

  • Temperature: Sage thrives in warm temperatures. It prefers daytime temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) and nighttime temperatures above 50°F (10°C).

  • Climate: Sage is well-suited for Mediterranean climates but can also grow in a variety of climates. It is drought-tolerant once established.

Harvesting Period:

  • Timing: Sage leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season, but it's best to wait until the plant is well-established before taking large quantities.

  • Method: Harvest the leaves in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated. You can either pick individual leaves or cut entire stems. Avoid taking more than one-third of the plant at a time to ensure continued growth.

Watering Preferences:

  • Establishment: Sage plants need regular watering when first planted to help them establish a strong root system.

  • Mature Plants: Once established, sage is drought-tolerant and prefers slightly drier conditions. Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch, but avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot.

Light Preferences:

  • Sunlight: Sage thrives in full sunlight. It requires at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and flavor development.

  • Indoor Growing: If growing sage indoors, place the plant in a sunny windowsill or use artificial grow lights to provide sufficient light.

Sage Seedlings - from Organic Certified Seeds

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