Sage Growing Guide

Salvia officinalis


Crop Rotation Group



Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Hardy through mild frosts. In colder areas, small plants can be potted up in fall and grown through winter indoors.


Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out.


Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant or sow seeds. Frost areas start seeds indoors in early spring. Frost free, sow in seed trays or seed beds in early spring. Plants started from seed may not bloom their first year.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


After the first year, sage plants produce beautiful blue flowers. Cut older plants back in spring if they become woody or straggly


Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying from spring to autumn.


Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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