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How to Care for Sage Plants

By Kelly Shetsky ; Updated September 21, 2017
Sage plants prefer dry conditions.
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Sage is a perennial herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is used in many savory dishes and is considered a valuable addition to many foods. Sage comes in a few different varieties and grows well outdoors or indoors, as long as its needs are met. It handles different climates well and is fairly hardy. However, moisture is the No. 1 concern for the plant; too much water will kill it. If you care for sage plants, you can extend their life and cook with the versatile herb for years to come.

Plant sage seeds in a small container in March to be kept indoors. Fill the container with potting soil, and place a few seeds 2 inches apart in the soil. Water until the soil is moist and then hold off; sage prefers dry soil.

Move the sage plants outdoors once the threat of frost passes. Choose a location that gets at least a few hours of sun per day.

Make small holes in the ground and fill them with a mixture of potting soil and bone meal. Place the roots of the sage plants into the holes.

Cover the sage plants' roots with a combination of bone meal and potting soil. Water the area.

Resist the temptation to water the sage plants. They do better in dry conditions with little to no care. Over-watering will stunt the plants' growth and kill their roots.

Cut off old sage leaves with pruning shears after the fall harvest. Removing them will make way for new growth. Let the sage plants go dormant in the winter. You can protect them by mulching around their base with straw or leaves. They will revive themselves come spring.


Things You Will Need

  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Bone meal
  • Pruning shears
  • Straw or leaves

About the Author


Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.