Start indoors about 8-10 weeks before outdoor planting time. Sow seeds 1/8 deep in seed starting formula. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Place containers in a south facing window or under grow lights until seedlings emerge. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
How to Grow
Transplant to individual containers when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of leaves. Before transfer to the garden, accustom to outdoor conditions for one week. Transplant to 15" apart in the garden or pot up to a larger outdoor container, no less than 12" in diameter. Prune established plants back by one-half to two-thirds in early spring if they are getting too large or leggy.
Harvest short sprigs or a couple leaves at a time. Sage is used in sausages, poultry, meat, bread, dressing, vegetables, omelettes and stuffing. Sage leaf tea is useful in treating colds and for aiding digestion. Try the leaves as a flavoring in breads and stuffing or with meats or vegetables. The large size, attractive mounding habit, and textural leaves of the plants make them highly ornamental in the garden. Use them as a corner accent, or mix them with perennials, annuals, and other herbs in a cottage garden.