Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 09:02 pm
Sage is considered a prime example of a low-maintenance herb plant. However, the evergreen half-shrub only lives up to this reputation if the location is right. Find out here where you should plant sage.
The ideal light and temperature conditions
Since most sage species originate from southern climes, they are sun worshippers. If you plant the herb in a full sun, warm location, you will benefit from a maximum of aroma and flavor. Only in the course of sowing or propagation, the young plants linger in a half-shady place. Ready-bought sage should also harden off for 1-2 weeks in light shade before planting in the garden.
In this soil sage develops its full potential.
It is a balanced combination of soil, light and temperature conditions that brings out the best in sage. Therefore, before planting, pay your horticultural attention to the soil. This is what matters:
- Nutrient-rich, humus-rich soil.
- Fine crumbly and airy
- Well-drained and moderately dry
- Preferably with a slight lime content
- No risk of waterlogging
Thus, a loose garden soil of loam and sand meets the requirements of the site very well. In case of doubt, soil additives compensate for small deficiencies, such as sifted compost, sand, fine-grained gravel, rotted manure and lime. If there is uncertainty about the lime content, a test from the hardware store will provide information. A pH value of 7 to 8 is desirable.
Tips & Tricks
Sage in a pot prefers a bright, frost-free winter location for overwintering. If temperatures hover between 5 and 10 degrees, the herb plant will make it through the cold season in good health. Only a few tropical species are suitable for a location on a warm windowsill.