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How to Grow Sage

Growing Sage in Containers, Gardens &Allotments

Variegated Sage
Latin Name Salvia officinalis
Type of Plant Hardy Perennial
Suitable for Containers, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Dimensions

Height and spread Up to 90cm/3 ft if left unchecked

Where to Sow

Indoors thinly  in  pots  or  trays 14cm/6" diameter. 

Sowing time

Indoors February/April - temperature   +16C/61F.  

How to Sow

Sow seeds 2.5cm/1-inch apart,  6mm/1/4-inch deep.

After Germination

Keep compost moist but not very wet. 

Growing on -  in Pots

When 2.5cm/1" high thin/transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3" pot. Harden off plants which have been raised  indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. Re-pot into larger pots in stages - up to 30cm/12" in diameter.

Growing on- in ground

As above but once hardened off, plant at least 40cm/18" apart in full sun.


Harvest the leaves before or at flowering time. 

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to Cabbage, Carrots

Repels Cabbage Moth, Carrot Fly, Flea Beetle, Slugs 


Popular as a flavouring in stuffings for poultry, pork and baked fish. Also good with sausage meat.

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