Best Soil For Sage (In Pots And In Gardens)

Growing sage can be easy since it’s hardy and relatively low-maintenance to care for. However, you want to choose the best growing conditions for this plant to thrive and produce many harvests for you.

One of those growing conditions is the right soil needs. This article will explain the best soil for sage of all types.

First, we’ll discuss why you should grow sage and its benefits. Then, we’ll go into detail about whether you should plant sage in a pot or a garden.

Then, we’ll describe the best potting soil and gardening soil for your sage plant, depending on where you decide to plant it. Also, we’ll explain changing out the potting soil and what to avoid when choosing soil for your sage plant. 

Finally, we’ll end with some extra tips on growing your sage with the right soil. 

Why Grow Sage?

If you’re a beginner gardener, sage is a wonderful herb to add to your garden. It’s a low-maintenance, hardy herb to grow.

With the right growing conditions, sage will grow itself. All you’ll need to do is get it started and then check on it once in a while to ensure it’s thriving.

In addition, sage is a great companion plant. You can add this plant directly to your garden or in a pot to help out the plot’s other fruits, veggies, and herbs.

Learn more about companion planting with sage here.

Not only is sage easy to grow, but you can also use it in many ways. For example, you can add fresh sage leaves or dry them out to use in many recipes.

Sage has a pine and citrus flavor that is great in Greek, Italian, European cuisines. This herb can be added to the dish with other ingredients or used as a dry rub, garnish, or marinate.

There’s a lot to love about this herb, but if you’re going to try growing it, then you need the proper soil conditions to help it thrive.

Should You Grow Sage In Pots Vs Garden

You can grow sage in either a pot or a garden. There’s no right or wrong way to do so.

For example, you can grow sage directly in your garden with other plants. Companion planting will work if you strategize the right plants to pair the sage with.

If you decide to grow it in the garden, use the suitable gardening soil and place it near other plants that require the same soil needs.

On the other hand, you can plant your sage in a pot. You can put the pot in the middle or in the corner of your garden where companion planting will still grow. Also, your sage won’t spread as much, possibly interfering with the growth of the other plants.

Alternatively, you can grow your sage plant in a pot and leave it inside your house. However, you can move the pot indoors or outdoors, depending on the season and the weather.

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Planting sage

Criteria For The Best Potting Soil For Sage

For the best growth, you want to have potting soil between 6.0 and 7.0 on the pH scale. This means the soil will be a little bit acidic, which is exactly what your sage plant wants.

Overall, the potting soil should be well-draining and sandy or loamy in texture.

There are different types of sage, as well. The best soil for Russian sage and the best soil for Texas sage is similar to the other types.

In addition, the best potting soil for white sage is also the same. 

What To Avoid In Sage Soil

The texture is the number one thing to avoid when choosing soil for your sage plant.

For instance, sage prefers to have sandy or loamy soil because it needs soil that drains well.

If the soil doesn’t drain the water well, your sage’s roots will remain moist. This may cause them to rot, thus harming the plant, and it could die.

Best Soil For Sage In Pots

Aside from getting the proper pH levels and getting well-draining soil, you’ll want to get potting soil for your sage if you’re going to plant it in a pot. 

Potting soil and gardening soil are two different types. Unfortunately, one cannot be substituted for the other.

We’ll discuss gardening soil in a little bit, but if you’re going to grow your sage plant in a pot, then you’ll need to buy a bag of potting soil.

Potting soil doesn’t contain real soil. Also, it’s lighter in texture. So, it’ll still get the job done in helping your sage plant grow, but it’s more suited to thrive in smaller spaces, such as a pot, and also for indoor use.

However, even if you decide to grow your sage in a pot and leave it outside in the garden, you’ll still want to use potting soil mix.

Should You Change The Soil When Growing Sage In Pots?

To keep both your sage plant and the soil it resides in healthy, you should change the soil occasionally.

However, it doesn’t need to be changed frequently. You can change out the soil about once a year.

On the other hand, if you decide to repot your sage into a different pot, then you’ll need to add new potting mix to the new pot.

Simply fill the new pot with potting mix, and then take out your sage plant from the other pot. Transfer it over, and then you can bring the old potting soil outside as compost. 

Best Soil For Sage Plants In The Garden

Similar to potting soil, you want to choose soil that drains well and is sandy or loamy. Also, it should have pH levels between 6.0 and 7.0.

However, if you’re going to plant your sage in the garden, do not get a bag of soil that says “potting mix” on it. Instead, you’ll want to find something that says, “gardening soil.”

As mentioned above, potting soil doesn’t have real soil in it. That’s the major difference between that and gardening soil.

Gardening soil is best suited for outside the garden because it contains different ingredients, including real soil. So, gardening soil will blend in well with the natural earth. 

In addition, gardening soil is heavier. As a result, it’ll withstand the outdoors better, such as various weather conditions.

Other Tips

Now that you know the best soil to use for your sage plant, how can you care for the soil?

Remember, sage prefers it to be acidic with pH levels between 6.0 and 7.0. To ensure that the soil is still providing the nutrients your plant needs, you can test the soil once in a while.

You can DIY a pH level test yourself at home, or you can buy pH test strips from your local garden center.

In addition, you may be wondering if you should add fertilizer to your sage’s soil.

While fertilizer won’t necessarily harm your sage’s plant, you don’t want to add too much of it. If you’re growing sage to use in various recipes, then the fertilizer may cause your sage plant to lose some of its taste.

Of course, if you prefer to have a more subtle taste of sage, then this is fine. 

On the other hand, fertilizer helps your sage grow faster. So, you can get an earlier harvest, depending on when you plant it.

Final Words

When it comes to its various growing conditions, sage is a hardy plant and relatively low-maintenance. However, once you give it everything it needs, you won’t need to worry much about the plant, and it’ll grow well on its own.

Choosing the right soil is important for the optimal growth of your sage plant. Otherwise, its roots could rot, it could be overwatered, or its growth may be stunted. Any of these things can cause your sage plant harm and potentially death.

So, remember: well-draining soil that’s sandy or loamy is ideal for your sage plant to thrive.

Want to learn more? Click here to learn whether sage can survive winter or here for how to grow sage from seed. You can also find all my guides to growing sage here.