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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Shrubby perennial plants from the Mediterranean region that produce culinary and medicinal sage. Generally grow 1 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 1/2 feet wide. Aromatic foliage is gray green and plants flower in late spring and summer in shades of lavender, red, pink and white. Plants attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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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. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    See pruning.
    5. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.
    2. Plant

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.
    4. Fertilize

    Feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.
    5. Water

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.
    6. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    9. Harvest

    See pruning.
    10. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.
    2. Plant

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.
    4. Fertilize

    If not done last month, feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.
    5. Water

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.
    6. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    9. Harvest

    See pruning.
    10. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.
    2. Plant

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.
    4. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    7. Harvest

    See pruning.
    8. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.
    2. Plant

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.
    4. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    7. Harvest

    See pruning.
    8. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.
    2. Water

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.
    3. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    6. Harvest

    See pruning.
    7. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    September
    1. Water

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.
    2. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    5. Harvest

    See pruning.
    6. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
    October
    1. Prune

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    See pruning.
    5. Special requirements

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.
  • 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!

    April

    Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

    May

    Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

    June

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

    July

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

    August

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

    Plant

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

    April

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

    May

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

    June

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

    July

    Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

    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?

    March

    Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

    April

    Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

    May

    Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

    Fertilize

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

    April

    Feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

    May

    If not done last month, feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

    Water

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

    April

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

    May

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

    June

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

    July

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

    August

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

    September

    Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    May

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    June

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    July

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    August

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    September

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    October

    Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    March

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    April

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    May

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    June

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    July

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    August

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    September

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    October

    Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    April

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    May

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    June

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    July

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    August

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    September

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    October

    Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

    Harvest

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

    March

    See pruning.

    April

    See pruning.

    May

    See pruning.

    June

    See pruning.

    July

    See pruning.

    August

    See pruning.

    September

    See pruning.

    October

    See pruning.

    Special requirements

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

    March

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    April

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    May

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    June

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    July

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    August

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    September

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

    October

    Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

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