Exactly How To Grow Sage From Seed [Full Guide]

You can begin growing your sage in a few different ways. First, you can do so from cuttings if you already have a sage plant. Alternatively, you can grow sage from seeds.

This article will answer all your questions about growing sage from seeds either inside or outside.

But first, we’ll talk about why you should grow sage and its benefits. Then, we’ll share if growing sage from seeds is easy or not before explaining where you can get sage seeds. 

Next, we’ll explain when you should plant your sage seeds once you have them. After, we’ll share two step-by-step guides about planting your sage seeds outside in the garden or indoors in a pot.

Finally, we’ll discuss what you can do once your sage seeds germinate to help them continue to grow well. Also, we’ll touch upon growing white sage from seeds.

Why Grow Sage?

There’s a lot to love about this herb, which is exactly why you should grow it in your garden.

Sage can add a lot to your recipes, especially Mexican, Italian, and European dishes.

This herb can be added within the mix of ingredients, as a garnish, as a dry rub, or it can be used to marinate meat.

It has a pine and citrus flavor that will add some extra spice to your meals.

In addition, sage can be used fresh, dried, ground, or rubbed. 

Sage is a hardy herb that can grow well on its own when provided with the correct growing conditions. So, whether you’re an experienced gardener or a beginner, sage is an excellent herb to add.

Once you have the right tools to grow this herb, it’s easy to do, whether from cuttings or seeds.

Is Growing Sage From Seed Easy?

The short answer is yes. Growing sage from seed is easy. As long as you provide the correct soil, sunlight amount, and watering needs, then your sage seeds should sprout well.

From there, the rest of the growth will be up to your sage plant, with you checking on it from time to time.

How To Get Sage Seeds

There are a few ways to get sage seeds. They’re both easy methods, and you can collect seeds over time, especially if you already have a sage plant growing.

From A Store

First, you can go to your local garden center and buy seeds.

Sage seeds are inexpensive, and you can use them to plant more than one sage plant at once, depending on how many plants you want.

In addition, sage seeds keep well for up to four years. So, you can plant some now and then store the rest for another time as needed.

How To Harvest Sage Seeds

Alternatively, you can harvest seeds from your own sage plant. If you already have a sage plant in your garden, then you can wait for it to bolt.

Bolting means that your sage plant will flower, producing seeds. You can harvest the seeds and store them for another time when you’re ready to plant another sage plant.

On the other hand, you can ask a friend who has a sage plant if you can harvest some of the seeds to start your own.

Finally, another way to harvest sage seeds is to go to your local garden center and buy a sage plant that’s already planted. Then, you can give that plant some TLC, and when the time comes and it bolts, you can harvest the seeds.

Growing sage in a pot
Growing sage in a pot

When To Plant Sage Seeds

The best time to plant sage seeds is when the soil in the ground is at about 65 degrees F. This typically happens about a week or two before the final frost of the season.

This is an ideal time to plant the seeds in your garden. Alternatively, you can plant them in a pot as well.

However, if you plan on keeping the pot outside, this is an ideal time to grow the seeds. Otherwise, if the pot stays indoors, you can plant the sage seeds whenever you’d like.

Exactly How To Grow Sage From Seed In The Garden

If you’ve chosen to grow sage seeds in your garden. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Step 1: Prepare The Gardening Soil

The first thing you’ll want to do is go out and get the correct soil for your sage seeds. Gardening soil works best outside, and you want to make sure the soil is well-draining and sandy or loamy in texture.

Once you have that prepped in your garden, you can go ahead and plant your seeds.

Read more about picking the best soil for sage here.

Step 2: Poke A Hole In The Soil And Add Seeds

You can poke a hole in the soil that’s about ⅛ inch deep. Then, you can add the seeds.

You don’t need to add all the seeds you have, but you’ll want to add a few seeds. Not all of them will germinate, so having a few planted in the ground will allow for something to get started.

Once the seeds are planted, you can cover the hole and water it.

Step 3: Wait For Germination

Once watered, you’ll need to wait for the seeds to germinate. Then, check on the seeds at least once a day and add a little water each time.

While sage doesn’t need too much water to grow, this will help during the early stages.

Sage seeds take their time to germinate. So, you can expect to see results in about six weeks. 

Exactly How To Grow Sage Indoors From Seed

Luckily, growing sage from seeds indoors isn’t too different from growing them outside in the garden. So, let’s talk about how to grow sage from seed indoors. 

Step 1: Get A Large Clay Pot And Prepare The Potting Soil

First, you’ll want to get yourself a large pot. Sage can grow to be about 1.5 feet wide and grow up to two feet tall.

If grown in a pot, the sage plant won’t grow as big, but you’ll still need a pot that’s large enough to hold the plant without stunting its growth too much.

So, you can get a clay pot that’s at least 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Also, make sure the pot has drainage holes at the bottom to allow the soil to drain any excess water properly.

Once you have your pot ready, you can buy potting soil mix to add to it. Be sure it’s potting mix and not gardening soil.

Step 2: Sprinkle Seeds In Soil And Cover

Now you can sprinkle in your seeds. You can do so on top of the soil and lightly cover them or poke a hole about ⅛ inch deep in the soil.

You can add a few seeds to the soil and cover them up. Not all of the seeds will germinate, but some of them will.

Step 3: Water The Seeds And Wait

Once the seeds are in the soil, you can water them every day to help them grow.

Then, you can wait for your seeds to germinate, which should take about six weeks.

What To Do Next?

After about six weeks and your seeds have begun to germinate, what else can you do to keep your sage growing strong and healthy?

Whether you’ve grown your sage seeds outside in the garden or indoors in a pot, there are two important growing conditions it needs to thrive.

Give It Plenty Of Sun

First, sage wants full, direct sunlight. So, you’ll need to give it at least six hours of full sun every day.

If you decide to plant your sage seeds in the garden, then be sure to choose a spot that gets maximum sunlight every day.

On the other hand, if you decide to grow your sage seeds inside in a pot, then you’ll need to move the pot to a room that gets plenty of sun.

Depending on where you live and the season, this may be tricky to do. 

So, you can buy an LED grow lamp or sun lamp to mimic the sun’s rays.

Learn more about sage’s sun needs here.

Water Occasionally

In addition, one of the reasons sage needs well-drained soil is that it doesn’t like to have too much water.

When you first plant the seeds, you can water your sage a little bit each day to help it sprout. However, once the seeds germinate, then you can begin to water them less.

Finally, when your sage plant is matured (after about 75 to 80 days), then you’ll only need to water your sage plant about once a week or whenever the soil feels dry to the bone. 

Be mindful that it’s easy to overwater sage, so give it a drink sparingly.

Growing White Sage From Seed – Is It Different?

Is there a difference between growing white sage from seeds and other types of seeds?

Believe it or not, how to grow white sage from seed indoors is the same method you would use to grow other sage seeds indoors. 

Final Words

That’s all there is to it for starting sage from seed. Of course, it’s easier than it seems, as long as you have the right soil. Also, be sure to keep the soil moist during the early stages.

Sage seeds take some time to germinate, so don’t worry if you don’t see results right away. 

Want to learn more? Click here to learn whether sage can survive winter or here for the best soil for sage. You can also find all my guides to growing sage here.