How to Deadhead Sage Plants


While some gardeners differentiate between sage and salvia in a garden, these two plants are actually the same plant. The name salvia is the genus name that includes all sage and salvia plants. When you include sage in your herb garden, you have a flourishing and attractive herb that will grow readily to provide a bountiful sage harvest. As your sage plant grows throughout the growing season, deadhead it to keep it producing more leaves.

Step 1

Clip sage blossoms from the sage plant as they dry and fade. Use the pruning shears to remove the blossoms immediately beneath them where they attach to the stems.

Step 2

Increase the fullness of your sage plant by deadheading the spent blossoms down to the point of the first lateral stems growing off the main stem. The plant will respond by growing more lateral stems.

Step 3

Deadhead the sage plant by removing the entire stem of the dried and faded blooms to encourage the sage plant to bloom again before the growing season ends.

Step 4

Monitor the sage plant as it continues to grow and continue to deadhead the blossoms as they fade (using whichever deadheading method you choose).

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Global Garden: Sage
  • Garden Gate Magazine: Deadheading
  • Mountain Valley Growers: Sage Article
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