Can you grow white sage in the UK?


Amelia Harrison   |   Member since 2019  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

We will be honest with you, sage is not one of the easiest herbs to grow initially. But if you choose a hardy variety they will grow very well in the UK when they have become established.

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Russel Waterson   |   Member since 2016  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Similarly one may ask, can white sage be grown indoors?

White sage plants are hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and should have no trouble living indoors, as long as they get full sun, water and proper drainage. White sage is often used as a tea and in smudging ceremonies.

One may also ask, where does sage grow UK? Sage prefers a warm, sheltered position in full sun, but will also grow well in light or dappled sage, although the flavour isn't as strong. It needs a relatively fertile, moist, well-drained soil.


Jane Pickard   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Also question is, how long does it take to grow white sage?

White Sage - Key Growing Information DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C). SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Start seeds 8 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds, 1/4" deep into individual containers, thinning to one plant per cell after germination.


Bryon Forth   |   Member since 2018  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What does white sage smell like?

“Sometimes people think it will smell like the sage you cook with. However, California white sage —which is commonly used in smudge sticks—has an herbaceous, woodsy, and slightly astringent scent, ” she says.


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Benjamin Bowen   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

How do you take care of sage in the winter?

Winter Mulching You should mulch the sage shrub before the winters set in. Sprinkle some straw mulch around the base of the plant. You can also use organic manure for this purpose. This helps to avoid freezing of the sage's exposed root sections and the lower stem.


Sharon Whitmore   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Should I let sage flower?

Generally, these plants are grown for their edible foliage and many gardeners choose to pinch off the flowers of the plant. If you do let your plants bloom, cut back to below the start of the bloom stalks to encourage fresh growth.


Chanelle Pierce   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

How often should I water my sage plant?

For the first few weeks, you'll probably need to water sage once or twice per week. The soil should be kept about as moist as a wrung-out sponge. Once the plant has developed a good root system, you can decrease watering to every week or two. Be careful not to overwater!


Samantha Whatson   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

What is the best kind of sage to use for smudging?

White sage is probably the most common and popular herb for smudging. It is associated with purity and has a strong and heavy presence. It's definitely useful for when you need a major space cleansing. In feng shui, we also use dried orange peels called “chen pei”.


Martha Robinson   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

How do you smudge?

Get your smudge on “Visit each room and ring a bell to awaken the energy present.” Then, head to your altar (or another favorite space) and place your sage into a fireproof bowl or your shell. Burn a candle, set an intention, and then light the sage using the candle. “Blow it out so the embers are glowing.


Ciara Irving   |   Member since 2010  |  ✔ Verified

How do you propagate white sage?

How to Root White SageFill a 3-inch pot with a moistened mixture of equal parts perlite, medium-grit sand and seed-starting compost, which is a sterile, low-nutrient type of compost used for propagation. Cut a 3- to 4-inch-long piece from the tip of a stem. Pluck off the lowest set of leaves to expose the nodes.


Dorothy Mason   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

Is Sage hard to grow?

Soil, Planting, and Care If you live in zones 5 to 8, your sage will grow as a hardy perennial. However, in the humid climates of zones 9 and farther south, sage is usually an annual, as it does not easily tolerate summer heat and humidity.


Maia Oliver   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

Can I grow my own sage for smudging?

You can use a number of different herbs in smudging rituals, including common sage, lavender sage, cedar, pinon pine, juniper or rosemary. For many people, however, white sage is the only way to go. You can grow white sage from seedlings or cuttings, but it's probably best for beginners to start from purchased plants.


Emma Pearce   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

How much sage is too much?

However, some species of sage contain thujone, which can affect the nervous system. Extended use or taking large amounts of sage leaf or oil may result in restlessness, vomiting, vertigo, rapid heart rate, tremors, seizures, and kidney damage. Twelve drops or more of the essential oil is considered a toxic dose.


Ivy Simpson   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

Is White Sage a protected plant?

Stay informed! "Salvia apiana (white sage) is not listed as threatened or endangered either by the state or federal government. This plant is also not listed under the California Desert Native Plants Act (Division 23 of the California Food and Agriculture Code).


Phoebe Niles   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

How do you germinate white sage seeds?

To germinate, simply sprinkle the white sage seeds on the surface of the soil, then wet them down with clean water from a plant mister type spray bottle. The seeds need light to germinate, and should be kept somewhere between 70° and 85°F. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.


Audrey Partridge   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

How do you keep sage alive indoors?

Sun: Plant sage in medium to full sun. If you are growing sage indoors, place your pot near a sunny window. Water: Sage is a fairly drought-tolerant herb, and even when the leaves look wilted, a little water perks the entire plant right up. Wait until the soil is dry to give it a thorough watering.


Fred Watt   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

How tall does white sage grow?

six feet tall


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