Growing Sage Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Perennial
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Planting Depth: 1/4"
  • Plant Spacing: 18-24”
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Soil Preference: Dry and well-drained
  • Temp Preference: Warm
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Color: Gray-green foliage and beautiful woody bark with age
  • Flavor: Earthy with sweet-pine

Sowing and Growing

Sow sage seeds indoors 10 weeks before the last frost. Warm soil temperatures help germination, which can take up to 3 weeks. Transplant sage and grow on with a strong light source, while being careful not to overwater. When seedlings have 6-8 mature leaves, place in full sun and water consistently. Light tip pruning promotes bushy growth. Sage is not a fan of humidity. Spacing plants helps, but in the most humid areas, sage is grown as an annual.


Sage leaves can be snipped anytime during the growing season. Don’t take more than half of the plant at a time. It is best to let plants become well established before the first harvest. Sage dries particularly well. Hang small bundles or lay individual sage leaves on wax paper.

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