The Sage should be grown in a bright place, with direct sunlight. The leaves of aromatic plants are used in the kitchen; if necessary letís remember to use only agricultural parasiticides, and letís follow the lacking period indicated on the label: if we spray a plant we can Ďt use its leaves for alimentary use for the period of time indicated, when the chemical product is harmful.The Sage can't stand temperatures below zero; they should be grown in cold green houses or at least in a place where they are sheltered by the wind; when every risk of late freezings has gone by we can place them outside or remove the protections.
These plants have an erect development; in the lower part they usually show a bare stem, while towards the top they widen to form the crown. The Sage Is small in size; in summer it assumes a red colouring. These are evergreen plants, which means they keep their leaves year round. The Sage has a shrub- like development.
During the spring months letís add to the irrigating water, every 15-20 days, some fertilizer for green plants, rich in nitrogen and potassium.
Water rarely, about once every 2-3 weeks with 2-3 glasses of water , keeping the soil dry for a few days before watering again; when wetting we suggest avoiding surpluses, however to wet the soil deep down. To use these plants year round we can proceed with harvesting, in the spring or in the summer. The plants should be washed and dried well, then dehydrated, or frozen, to use them during the year.
Generally during this time of year we suggest a pre-emptive treatment with wide range insecticide and with a systemic fungicide, to prevent the attack from part of the aphids and the development of fungus diseases, often favoured by a mild and damp climate.
These plants need a substratum with an optimum drainage.
When wanted we can grow these plants in a vase. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.