How to Plant Texas Sage

Overview

Gardeners love Texas sage, also known as purple sage, for its very hardy nature. The plant can grow in all types of soil, is drought-resistant and has no pests, according to Texas A&M University. Gardeners also prize the sage for its lush leaves and purple, pink and white flowers. Although you can sometimes obtain pre-planted sage as seedlings or mature plants from a nursery, planting it yourself via seeds is often much more budget-friendly.

Step 1

Choose a garden site. Texas sage thrives best in full sun but can handle limited amounts of shade, according to Texas A&M University.

Step 2

Prepare the gardening area. Though the sage will grow in even poor soils, according to Texas A&M University, the plant will respond positively to amended soil. Use a spade to breakup the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Clemson University recommends stirring in a couple inches of compost, followed with a general all-purpose 10-10-10 fertilize applied at a rate of 1/2 lb. for every 50 square feet of gardening space.

Step 3

Sow the Texas sage seeds. Bury the seed 3/4 inch deep and space the seeds apart by approximately 1 foot.

Step 4

Water the gardening area twice daily or as necessary to keep the soil surface moist. The seeds will usually germinate within two weeks, according to Washington State University.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Texas sage seeds
  • Water

References

  • "Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs"; Miranda Smith; 1999
  • Texas A&M University: Texas Sage
  • Washington State Unviversity: Sage
  • Clemson University: Growing Perennials
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