Herb Sage Spanish Seeds
HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
Make sure to sow sage seed in full sun, sage will tolerate partial shade but the flavor of leaves will be diminished. Grow sage in well-drained soil. Sandy loam is best but sage will grow in very average soil as well. Sage prefers a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.7. Start sage seeds indoors as early as 6 to 8 weeks before the average last frost date. Sow sage seed in the garden in late spring about or after the last frost. Sow seed shallowly. Sow sage seeds 1cm deep. Thin sage seedlings or space transplants 50cm apart or more. Space rows 50 to 70cm apart. Transplant seedlings out to the garden after the last frost when the soil has warmed.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
Sage requires regular watering until established. Once established keep sage on the dry side. Sage is easily killed by soggy soil so keep it in mind. Lack of water will improve the flavor of sage, but avoid allowing the plant to wilt from lack of moisture. Overhead watering may cause serious mildew problems. Sage grows best in sandy-loam soil but does not require regular feeding. Give sage a side dressing of compost tea twice during the growing season. Mulch around sage with aged compost or chopped leaves in very hot regions, mulch will slow soil moisture evaporation.
WHAT IS SAGE, A LOT TO KNOW
Sage is a perennial shrub often woody that can grow 30 to about 40 cm tall and sometimes as large as 50 cm tall and wide, a few varieties may grow taller. Sage stems elongate into upright flowering spikes in late spring. Sage has tubular flowers that are commonly bluish-lavender, red, or bicolor and forms in whorls on tall spikes. Sage flowers usually bloom in summer. Sage has elongated, oval- to lance-shaped, wrinkled, grayish-green leaves from 5 to 10cm long with a coarse, pebbly surface. Several sage varieties have variegated leaves like purple, yellow, green, or green and white.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Sowing Time: Spring
- Height: 60cm
- Mature: 12-24 Months
- Bloom Time: Summer
- Temperature: 15-degrees c
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