Sage (herb) plants
Salvia officinalis is the common sage plant, cooking or culinary sage often found growing in the herb garden. Other varieties include ‘Pineapple Sage’ or Salvia elegans.
Culinary Sage grows well in a sunny warm spot, not particular about soil type and is fairly easy, once established it is a relatively tough and drought tolerant plant. Easily grown in a pot or container this is a must have plant for the kitchen garden.
If is a good idea to prune regularly to maintain a bushy habit, if you use sage regularly usually the picking of the leaves will do this. A little mulch around the plant to maintain a cool root run and some additional water in very dry periods will improve growth. Fertilise in spring with a liquid seaweed fertilise and add some compost and well rotted manure to the soil around the plant before mulching. Try not to over water.
Propagation is easy from cuttings taken in late spring to early summer.
Sage is used in seasonings for meat and poultry and is an essential ingredient of the Italian Classic Saltimbocca.
Sage plants are available for sale online from the following suppliers
Generally Sage plants are available in most good nurseries in spring, small plants in tube stock are cheap.
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