PLANT: ‘Broad leaved’ - Salvia Officinalis
Highly aromatic perennial plant that is winter hardy. Grows to 1-2 feet and produces purple-blue flowers.
A lot of butternut squash recipes call for sage, so I thought I’d have a go at growing it.
|Sow under cover:||February – May||1st Mar|
|Germination time:||10-21 days||13th Mar|
|Plant out:||When no risk of frost|
|Time from seed to plate:||75 days|
March 13th:Half of my sage seeds have sprouted so I’m quite pleased about that. I might plant some more seeds directly into my herb pot outside since I have so many seeds.
March 21st:I’m quite impressed with the speed of growth of the sage as they’re quite tall and are starting to develop another set of leaves.
Unfortunately one of the leaves had turned black so I picked it off. I’m not sure what the cause was, perhaps too much water as the soil does seem pretty soggy. You can already see the little furry hairs on this leaf, which is so characteristic of sage.
The seedlings were 12cm tall when I got around to transplanting them into pots, which is twice the height they should have been. They are therefore quite weak and spindly and I tried to plant them as far down as possible so that as much of the stem was beneath the compost.
I think the sage seedlings are doing ok. One is 8cm and the other is 10cm tall and they’re both growing new leaves.
The weather hasn’t been too great lately, so I won’t be planting them outside any time soon. In fact I’m inclined to keep growing them indoors for the next few months as they seem just too delicate to be planted out. There are just too many insects and animals that damage young plants!
I think my sage seedlings are doing alright as they look quite healthy, except they can’t stand up straight without some support. I don’t know if they should be this tall and spindly.
They’re growing quite quick as on April 26th they were 10cm and 15cm tall and now they’re both 20cm tall (the one on the left is so droopy!).
The leaves are really starting to develop.
A few weeks ago I scattered some sage seeds around my herb pot to see if they would germinate. I didn’t expect them to sprout, but 4 seeds did sprout and so I now have quite a few seedlings growing in my herb pot too! It will be interesting to see how they develop compared to the indoor grown ones and if they will grow to be as spindly.
This plant is one of the random seeds I planted and I’ve now re-potted. It’s looking quite healthy and in much better condition than the indoor grown plants as it’s not as spindly.
I’m quite surprised how easy sage was to grow and I now have too many plants from all those scattered seeds!
So the lesson learned: grow directly outdoors.