Seeds - Sage, Common Garden OG
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Description: Classic variety of culinary sage. Soft grey foliage with a warm fragrance. Green-blue leaves can be used fresh or dried in soups, meat dishes, gravies and stuffing.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Salvia officinalis
Main Uses: Culinary; Medicinal
Zone Hardiness: Zone 4
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 40 cm (15 inches)
Flower Color: Pink
Flowering Time: Flowers occur on mature plants, typically in mid summer starting in second or third season
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 5 - 8 days at 21° C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 - 6 weeks before last frost date. Sow 3 - 5 seeds per cell or plug. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting depth: Lightly press into the planting medium.
Planting Out: Direct seed 1/4” deep, thin to a final spacing of 18-24” in early June once soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Direct-seeding is an easy way to start healthy Garden Sage! Or plant seedlings in well drained fertile soil (garden or container) once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed.
Harvesting: Harvest sage by pruning stem tips, using a sharp pair of scissors. Plants can be harvested regularly during the summer months. Less new growth occurs over winter, but plants can still be harvested - in fact pruning will increase the plants productivity.
Growing in Containers: Well suited to larger pots (minimum 6-8 inches)
Fertilizing (Containers): Amend potting mix with 25% quality compost; top dress with fresh compost 3 times per year. No additional fertilizing required unless plants show signs of nutrient deficiency (sluggish growth; yellowing of leaves).
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited to larger mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average garden soil, amended with compost on an annual basis. No additional fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water young transplants for the first 14 days in ground. Once established, watering is only required under drought conditions.
Suitability for Indoors: Well-suited to a sunny window. Goes semi dormant during winter months.
Exposure: Full sun.
What about Grow Lights? Grow lights are not required, but will keep plants actively growing during the short daylight hours of winter.
General Indoor Care: Garden Sage thrives in lots of light. During the winter, it requires cool conditions, especially at night. A bay window, cooler sun room, foyer, attic or cooler kitchen window are all ideal. As plants go into semi-dormancy in winter, they will thin out. Pinching stem tips keeps plants as full as possible. All indoor plants benefit from regular rinsing under fast-flowing fresh water, which keeps dust and pests off the leaves.
Indoor Container Suggestions: 6-8" pots with drainage holes.
Winter Fertilizing: Amend pots with up to 25% compost when transplanting to bring indoors. Top-dress pots 3 times per year (at least once over winter - January is good). No additional fertilizer is typically required.
Winter Watering: Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.