Spanish Sage Seeds ~ (Salvia lavandulifolia)
Medicinal & Culinary ~ 100+ Seeds
Sage is a woody Mediterranean herb that is great to grow as once established it is very easy to maintain and long lasting. It also provides year round foliage and its flowers are useful for attracting bees and other pollinating insects into the garden.
Sage has been used for a variety of purposes including use in cooking, for its medicinal properties, e.g. as an antiseptic (it is still frequently use to treat sore throats by gargling with a Sage infusion). It is also used as an astringent and even to reduce the signs of ageing.
Sage grows well in containers. If growing in ceramic containers ensure that the container is lined with a water retaining lining such as old plastic compost bags that help prevent excess water loss due to evaporation.
If growing in containers line the bottom of the container with large gravel to aid drainage. This prevent the roots becoming waterlogged.
If growing in the ground lightly turn the soil and mix in some general purpose compost. If you have a clay soil then you will need to dig in plenty of compost or top soil.
If growing from seed then sow indoors in early spring. Cover the seed with a 1/2 cm layer of fine (sieved) compost. You should see the initial shoots emerge after about 10-14 days.
If growing outside then delay sowing until mid spring. Germination will take a bit longer depending on the temperature of the soil but will probably be about 2-3 weeks.
If growing in seed trays or in 10cm pots prick the strongest seedlings out to minimum 10" containers or into the ground where they should be around 30cm apart.
You can propagate Sage by taking cuttings in early summer from semi ripened branches. Although Sage is hardy it can be affected by extreme cold and so taking some cuttings at the end of summer and keeping them indoors over winter can serve as a good backup.
Sage likes a warm site that receives plenty of sunshine. Most common Sage varieties are hardy such as Common Sage, Purple Sage and Narrow Leafed Sage.