Growing Culinary Sage

What Exactly Is Culinary Sage?

Culinary Sage is a plant or little tiny shrub that has woolly looking grayish colored leaves and it’s actual latin name is Salvia Officinalis. About mid summer is when the plant is ready to harvest or when you see the bluish, purplish or tri colored flowers bloom. It doesn’t always bloom the first year you plant, so you may need to wait a season in order to get anything from it. This plant needs full sun and at maturity, their size is normally about 1 to 2 inches high and 2 or 3 inches wide.

What Is Sage used for?

Actually, sage can be pretty borders in gardens and even herb gardens as they wait to mature. The pretty colored flowers look really nice as a border. You will want to give it a year before you harvest the leaves, but when they are ready, the time to take the leaves are usually right before or after the flowers bloom.

Here are 3 things that culinary sage can be used for:

  • used fresh or dried as a poultry or meat seasoning
  • fresh leaves for sage tea
  • the leaves and branches for use in crafts

How To Take Care of Culinary Sage

Once you have your plants established, you will want to prune them after flowering occurs. This keeps the plants looking good and fresh and from becoming too woody. In early spring, you will want to take give them a good dose of fertilizer. One nice thing about sage plants is that you don’t have to grow them in a garden if you chose not to, but you can keep them in containers, which is especially nice if you don’t have the space or time do garden. But if you decide to grow them indoors, make sure you have strong and direct sunlight because the plant will need that.

Another plus with growing sage is that they don’t get bothered much by pests. The three most important things to remember about taking care of culinary sage is to make sure you prune them and don’t give them too much water that you drown the plant. By using these ideas above you will certainly grow some very nice and sturdy culinary sage.

Here is a video on herb gardening in containers. It gives you a general idea how to do it: