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California white sage , Bee sage

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Plant Care Instructions By Kat Malstead

Beautiful silvery white herb used in Ceremony, and medicinally. Also known as Bee Sage, and Sacred Sage. Grows wild in the Southern California area, but has been terribly treated by unethical people who are ripping up the plant by the roots, rather than harvesting the leaves. It is therefore becoming quite rare. Very fragrant. White sage requires excellent drainage. Thrives in full sun. Needs very little water, and is a perfect xeriscaping plant in its native zones. In my Zone, it requires some TLC to survive. White Sage is not picky about soil Ph, but it is very susceptible to mildews. Growing it in Granite scree or sand with pumice is a good solution to its drainage needs. It will need to be brought inside if your soil freezes, and as soon as the rainy season starts. Grows 3'- 5' tall and wide, with flower stalks adding another 2' of height. This is a slow growing shrub, which is another reason why it is swiftly disappearing from its native range.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
USDA Zones :8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    March
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of mildew
    April
    1. Sow Seeds

    Gather seeds in late Fall, sow shallowly in sandy soil in the warmth of Spring. Water from the bottom of the seed tray lightly, daily. Average germination time is 14 days. Wild seed may have a 15% germination rate. You will be more apt to have a higher survival and germination rate through seed which has over-wintered in your area.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of mildew
    May
    1. Buy

    Whenever you can. Rather difficult to buy in my area, I had to have mine shipped.
    2. Plant

    I keep mine in a huge clay pot.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize lightly. Bone meal, kelp, & fish meal applied around the edges of the pot is well-liked by Sage. I like to use my worm tea once per month for that week\'s watering.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of mildew
    June
    1. Water

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.
    July
    1. Water

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.
    August
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize lightly. I like to use my worm tea once per month for that week\'s watering.
    2. Water

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.
    September
    1. Water

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.
    2. Propagate

    Can be propogated via softwood & hardwood cuttings.
    3. Harvest

    When oils are at their most pungent, harvest the tops of the shrub no more than 1/4 of its height. Make sure to leave plenty of leaf for the plant to breathe.
    October
    1. Water

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.
    2. Protect

    During the Winter and rainy Spring, White Sage will need protection.
    3. Special requirements

    Protection from over-watering and freezing tenmperatures from first frost to last frost and throughout the rainy season.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    May

    Whenever you can. Rather difficult to buy in my area, I had to have mine shipped.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    May

    I keep mine in a huge clay pot.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    April

    Gather seeds in late Fall, sow shallowly in sandy soil in the warmth of Spring. Water from the bottom of the seed tray lightly, daily. Average germination time is 14 days. Wild seed may have a 15% germination rate. You will be more apt to have a higher survival and germination rate through seed which has over-wintered in your area.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    May

    Fertilize lightly. Bone meal, kelp, & fish meal applied around the edges of the pot is well-liked by Sage. I like to use my worm tea once per month for that week\'s watering.

    August

    Fertilize lightly. I like to use my worm tea once per month for that week\'s watering.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    June

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.

    July

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.

    August

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.

    September

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.

    October

    Check for water needs weekly. More than likely, you will need to give this salvia a bit of water every week. DO NOT OVER WATER, as this plant is subject to a killing mildew if over-watered.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    October

    During the Winter and rainy Spring, White Sage will need protection.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Check for signs of mildew

    April

    Check for signs of mildew

    May

    Check for signs of mildew

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    September

    Can be propogated via softwood & hardwood cuttings.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    September

    When oils are at their most pungent, harvest the tops of the shrub no more than 1/4 of its height. Make sure to leave plenty of leaf for the plant to breathe.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    October

    Protection from over-watering and freezing tenmperatures from first frost to last frost and throughout the rainy season.

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