Learn how to grow and harvest this aromatic herb. Includes tips on when to plant and harvest sage as well as troubleshooting notes.


What soil is good for Sage?

Well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.


How much sun does Sage need?

Full sun to part shade 

Frost Tolerant

Is Sage frost tolerant?

Yes, will tolerate mild frosts.


How much space does Sage need?

Roughly 30cm apart


When should I plant Sage?

Sage seeds are best sown in spring in soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. Seeds can also be sown indoors in late winter and transplanted in spring once the danger of frost has passed.  

Sage is a perennial herb. Seedlings are best planted in spring, however can be grown all year round provided that they protected from strong heat and frost. 

Plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  


What do I feed Sage?

Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the year. 


When can I harvest Sage?

Harvest the leaves as required, starting with the top growth. Trim or pinch off the top sets of leaves. 


What pests does Sage get?

Aphids, Spider mites, Thrips, Slugs, Snail, Rosemary Leaf Beetle


What diseases does Sage get?

Crown Gall, Mint Rust


Is there anything else I need to know about Sage?

The leaves can be used fresh, or dried for future use. 

Do not over water sage, it does not cope with waterlogged soil and will develop root rot as a result.