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Growing Information:

Sage

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-21 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 16-30"

PLANT SPACING: 12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-8

Habitat and Description


Growing Sage
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Sage plants can be brought from garden a center, which is the most efficient way of growing sage, but make sure all frosts have passed before planting them outside. If you are growing more than one plant you will need to space the others about 75cm apart to allow sufficient room for growth as sage has a tendency to sprawl.

Growing sage from seed: sow seed in the herb garden in the late spring. Cover lightly with soil and keep the soil moist (not soggy) until it germinates. Thin plants to 18" apart.

Growing sage from cuttings: in late spring/early summer, trim shoots from plants (at least 6" long). Snip the bottom leaves from the stem (don't pull them off, or you'll damage the stem). Some gardeners find that placing the cuttings in a glass of water will cause the plant to grow roots. However, for your best chance at success, dip the bottom 1/2" of the stems in a root-inducing hormone powder (available online, at garden centers, and even Wal-Mart). Shake off the excess powder, and plant in a light planting mixture of perlite and peat moss (essentially, a seed-starting type mixture). The soil mixture should be lightly damp, but not wet. Using a spray bottle to water works best. To speed up the process, place a heat source below the rooting bed. Once the cuttings have established roots, you can then transplant them into containers. By the following spring, the plants will be established enough that you can move them out of doors, if desired.



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The benefits of Sage

Rue is considered a "calmative" substance that soothes the nerves and reduces tension and anxiety, since it has a direct effect on the nervous system. It is thought to be effective in cases of nervous heart problems (including palpitations), hysterical spasms and nervous headaches. Rue has been used by herbalists for giddiness, Hysteria, nightmares, convulsions, confusion, dizziness, vertigo and epilepsy and is also said to be useful for nervous disturbances due to female irregularities.

As an antispasmodic, Rue is believed to help relieve cramps in the bowels, stomach and muscles, as well as menstrual cramps, and generally relax overall spasms. Rue is considered strongly stimulant that is a tonic for the digestive system. The herb has been used for centuries to relieve stomach cramps due to nervous indigestion, pep up the appetite and alleviate gas and Colic. It is also said to induce bile production, which is also important to the digestive process.

Rue is thought to be a circulatory tonic that supports good cardiovascular health. The flavonoid, rutin, is an agent that reduces capillary fragility and is also known to strengthen capillaries, reduce Blood pressure and increase Circulation and blood flow to the heart. Herbalists use Rue to control abnormal Blood pressure. That same action also strengthens the capillaries in the eyes, thus improving eyesight and sharpening vision (supporting the historical use of the herb for failing eyesight). This quality is also useful in preventing and easing Varicose veins.





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