sage under lighting

How to grow sage indoors

Sage is one of my favorite herbs.  I love to cook with fresh sage.  The smell of sage growing is delightful, and the soft greens and purples are pretty.  So I thought it would be a great idea to talk about how to grow sage indoors.

how to grow sage in containers

Does sage grow well indoors?

Yes!  Sage is one of the herbs that grow very well indoors.  They can thrive in containers.  And fill your kitchen with a great fresh herb for all your recipes.


Is it easy to grow?

Growing sage indoors is not difficult.   There are just a couple of things that are important to know:

Sage requires excellent lighting.  To grow full, healthy plants, you should offer the plants 10 to 12 hours of full sunlight.  Many sunny windows will fall short of that, so it is a good idea to grow sage with full-spectrum grow lights.

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how to grow sage

The other important thing you need to remember is that sage hates “wet feet.”   A healthy plant does not require rich soil, but it DOES require well-drained soil.

How much water does sage need?

Well-drained soil brings up the amount of water sage needs.  The trick on how to grow sage indoors is watering.  Your soil should be moist or even slightly dry.  Consistent regular water that is light is the key.  Please don’t make the mistake of drying out the soil then flooding it with water.  A little will go a long way with sage.

Growing Sage from cuttings

Can you grow sage in pots?

How to grow sage in pots is as easy as talked about above.  It is easier to grow sage in pots than in the ground because you have more control over the watering.

And since to grow sage, you want to make sure it gets up to 12 hours of lighting, then growing sage in pots is a benefit because you have more control of the lighting.

sage under lighting

How long does it take for sage to grow?

When you are considering growing anything, you must ask is how do I start plants.  There are 3 basic ways to start sage:

  • from seed
  • from cuttings
  • or buy an existing plant

How long does it take to grow sage from seed?  Like most herbs, sage takes a long time to grow from seed.  Seeds will take up to 3 weeks to 6 weeks to germinate.  It will take about 2 years for the plant to reach mature size.  You can use only a limited number of leaves for the first couple of years.

Growing sage from cuttings is how I  grow sage indoors.   Cuttings work very well with sage. Or even better, but fish cuttings in the produce section of the market. Take a cutting from a sage plant. Take the leaves off the bottom two inches and put the stem into a glass of water.  Within about a week, you will have roots appear.  By week 2, you should have several roots from 1/2 to 2 inches long.

When your roots have gotten to 2 inches long, plant them into a container with moist but not wet soil. Keep the water consistently misted.  The plant will take full root in a couple of weeks.  You can make cuts as soon as a month after you plant it.

If you want to jump-start your garden, then buying sage plants is for you.  You can buy sage plants at most any garden, home improvement store, or online.

sage indoors

If you have trouble growing sage indoors, there is most likely a simple reason.

Don’t Over Water! Sage plants will wilt or droop if they are overwatered. These are drought-resistant plants.  They will do much better with less water than some of your other herbs or house plants.  I typically water my sage every other day that I water plants.

how to grow sage

If your plant has brown tips on its leaves, then you have a fungal disease rotting the rots.  Yes, this is caused by Overwatering!  Stop watering until the soil drys out.  Once the soil is the soil is dry, then return to a light watering schedule.  If the problem continues, you will need to replant your sage in better draining soil.  A good mixture is 20% sand to 80% good potting soil.


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