Sage

Sage is a popular herb in various cuisines around the globe.

Its other names include common sage, garden sage and Salvia officinalis. It is part of the mint family, as well as other herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary and basil.

Sage has a strong aroma and earthy flavour, which is why most people just use a small amount. I wonder if you knew that it’s packed with a variety of important nutrients and compounds?

Sage is also used as a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual object in spiritual sage burning or smudging.

This green herb is great used fresh, dried or in oil form, and has numerous health benefits.

 

Sowing and Germination

If you are planning to grow it outdoors....sow indoors 6 – 8 weeks (Roughly -beginning of March) before the last frost under a grow light. Sage seeds will take about 3 weeks to germinate, and then you can transplant seedlings to your prepared soil.

Be sure it’s near a sunny window

Don’t over-water – wait until your soil is dry, and then thoroughly water.

 

Sage needs 6-8 hours of full sun daily. If your sunny window does not provide this much daily sun, use a grow-light to give you plant what it needs.

 

Place the potted herb at least 5 inches (13 cm.) from the light, but no further away than 15 inches (38 cm). If artificial light alone is used when growing sage in containers, give it 14-16 hours per day.

 

You will need to keep your sage in a warm area, away from drafts, in temperatures around 21 C. Humidity is an added help. Having other herbs in containers nearby will help with humidity.