How to harvest Sage
Leaves can be harvested throughout the year, preferably before the flowers open. Harvest lightly in the first year to ensure that the plant grows fully. Sage is best fresh but can be frozen or dried.
How to propagate Sage
Start seeds indoors in frost areas 6-10 weeks before transplanting or sow seeds directly in Spring and Summer. Germination takes 2 weeks.
Take half ripe stem or shoot cuttings 5-10 cm long or mature cuttings 7-10 cm long from Spring to Autumn and plant out directly. Keep moist until well-rooted
Divide plants in Spring.
Air layer in Spring or Autumn.
Special features of Sage
Repels harmful insects
Sage repels ants, black flea beetle, cabbage fly, cabbage looper and cabbage maggot.
Sage makes a good potted plant, but provide good drainage.
Other uses of Sage
Culinary, border, foliage, fragrance, walls, rock garden, conservatory, medicinal
The leaves are edible and have a savoury, slightly peppery flavour. The flowers and leaves can be eaten raw, cooked, boiled or pickled.
Used as a homoeopathic medicine. The oil is thought to have astringent and stimulant properties and soothe muscle stiffness, rheumatism, and neuralgic conditions. It is antiseptic and anti-viral.