How Big Does Sage Grow? [Full Guide To Healthy Growing]

If you’re thinking of adding sage to your garden, then you’ll want to know how tall and wide this bush can grow.

This article will answer the question, “how big does sage get?”

First, we’ll discuss why you should grow sage and its many benefits. Then, we’ll explain how big and tall sage, Russian sage, and Texas sage can grow in the garden.

After, we’ll share some tips to help your sage plant grow and thrive as big as possible before discussing how and when to harvest this plant.

Finally, if you want to keep your sage plant on the smaller side, we have tips for that too.

Why Grow Sage?

Sage is a great herb to add to your garden for several reasons.

First, sage is a great companion plant to other herbs, plants, and flowers in the garden. For example, sage is an excellent pollinator, so it’ll attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to help the plants in your garden grow well.

Second, sage is easy to grow once you get the hang of it. As soon as you get your sage started with the suitable soil, sun, and watering needs, this herb will grow well on its own. Also, it’ll grow fast, giving you many harvests for a few years.

Finally, sage is a wonderful herb to add to many different dishes. It has a “poultry” flavor that’s lemon-like. You can add it to meat, potatoes, and other various recipes.

When using sage in these recipes, you can do so by using the fresh sage leaves, or you can dry them out or freeze them first to keep them longer.

So, if you’re going to grow a sage plant, you’ll want to know how much space it’ll take up in your garden.

How Big Does Sage Grow?

Believe it or not, sage is a rather large shrub. It’ll prefer to have plenty of elbow room in the garden or have a large pot with plenty of wriggle room.

So, how big does a sage plant get? This herb can spread out about two to three feet wide.


How Tall Does Sage Grow?

On the other hand, a sage plant will grow tall if given a chance. For instance, it can grow as tall as one to two feet.

How Big Does Russian Sage Grow?

Alternatively, if you decide to grow Russian sage, you can also expect this plan to spread out about two to three feet wide.

How Tall Does Russian Sage Grow?

Russian sage can grow much taller. So you can expect Russian sage to spread out about three to five feet tall if given the room.

How Big Does Texas Sage Get?

There’s another type of sage called Texas sage. If you end up growing this type of sage plant, then you can expect it to grow as wide as five feet.

How Tall Does Texas Sage Grow?

In addition, Texas sage can grow to be as tall as five feet. So, it’s a rather large plant all around.

Tips To Help Sage Grow As Big As Possible

As you can see, sage is a rather large plant to grow. So, if you have the space for it in your garden, then you can certainly allow it to grow as big as it possibly can.

If you do, you’ll have plenty of sage harvests to come.

But how can you help this herb plant grow as large as it can?

Choosing A Spot In The Garden (Or A Pot)

First, you want to pick the best spot to grow your sage plant. For example, if you decide to do so in a garden with other plants, there are a few other things to consider.

You’ll want to choose a spot in the garden that gets plenty of sunlight during the day. Also, you can plant it near other herbs and plants that are good companions for sage.

For example, chives, strawberries, or carrots are great to grow with sage. They’ll help each other thrive in the garden.

You can read more about companion planting with sage here.

However, in addition to companion planting, your sage should be well-spaced out between other plants.

As we’ve learned, sage can grow big and tall. To ensure that the sage plant doesn’t run into any other plants while growing, you’ll want to space the plants at least 20 to 24 inches apart.

On the other hand, you can grow sage in a clay pot or container. You’ll want to make sure that it’s at least ten inches wide in diameter and 12 inches deep.

When To Plant Your Sage

The best time to plant sage outside is about late spring, or whenever the final frost of the season is.

However, if you want to grow the sage indoors, you can begin planting it whenever you want. Sage is a hardy plant, and while it grows best in the summer, it can withstand temperatures as low as negative 30 degrees F.

On the other hand, you can get a head start on planting sage by planting it indoors and then transferring it to the garden later.

If you do this, plant the seeds inside about six to eight weeks before the final frost of the season. Then, in late spring, you can bring the plant outside and put it in the garden.

Click here for my full guide to when to plant sage and here for how to grow sage from seed.

Preparing The Soil And Fertilizer

The best soil to use for sage is one that’s sandy or loamy and drains water well.

Make sure the pH levels of the soil is between 6.0 and 7.0 to ensure that it’s slightly acidic. It should also contain plenty of nutrients for your sage to grow well.

If you think your soil needs something extra to help your sage grow, you can add fertilizer. However, you’ll only need to add a little bit of fertilizer.

For instance, the fertilizer will help the sage plant grow faster, making the flavor more subtle.

You can find the best soil for sage here.

Watering Your Sage Plant

One of the reasons sage needs well-drained soil is because it doesn’t like to have too much water. If your sage’s roots remain too wet, then they can rot. It also doesn’t like to have soggy soil.

When your sage is still in its early stages of growth, you’ll want to water it fairly often. However, once the plant is growing well and established in the garden, you can water it less frequently.

Overwatering could kill the plant. The less water it gets, the stronger the flavor will be. On the other hand, it is easy to underwater your sage. So, if you notice it beginning to wilt, it could be because there’s not enough water.

Giving Your Sage Plant Plenty Of Sun

Sage thrives on medium to full sunlight. In other words, you want to provide your sage plant with at least six hours of sunlight per day.

This herb plant can grow well in partial shade, but it’ll do better with direct sunlight.

So, when choosing where to plant this herb, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in a sunny spot.

Also, you can utilize companion planting since sage grows to be so tall. Plant it near another plant that doesn’t require much sun and is shorter than the sage.

The sage will protect the other plant by shading it from the sun while absorbing all the sunlight it wants in the afternoon.

On the other hand, if you begin growing your sage plant inside the house, then you’ll want to place the pot or container in a sunny room. Then, you can move it around the house to ensure it gets as much sun as possible.

Alternatively, you can buy a sun lamp, or an LED grow lamp that will mimic the sun’s rays.

Read more about the sage plant’s sun needs here.

When To Harvest Sage

So, how long does sage take to grow? Sage takes about 75 to 80 days to reach full maturity. It’s at this time that you’ll be able to harvest your sage plant for the first time.

You should be able to harvest from this plant at least once every week or every other week. You’ll want to give it enough time in between harvests for your herb to grow back.

How To Harvest Sage

You can harvest this plant in one of two ways.

First, you can simply pinch the leaves off directly from the steams. This is a good method to do if you plan on drying out the leaves.

You can learn about drying out your sage leaves here.

On the other hand, if you’re going to use the leaves fresh, you can snip off some of the stalks from the sage bush.

You can trim about six to eight inches of the stalk at a time, leaving at least one to two inches of stalk left at the base of the soil.

Leaving a little bit of the stalk will promote new growth so that you can harvest the plant again within the next week or two.

Also, if you happen to find that the flowers are budding, you can pinch those off. This will also encourage new growth.

On the other hand, when you see the flowers beginning to bud, that’s a sign that the sage leaves are the most flavorful. So, this is an optimal time to harvest it.

How To Best Keep Your Sage Plant Small

Now that we know, sage plants can grow relatively wide and tall. First, you need to figure out if you have room for this plant.

If not, don’t worry. You can still plant sage. There are ways to keep this herb plant small without stunting its growth.

First, you can prune the plant as often as you can. Whether you harvest some of the leaves or simply trim the bush back. You won’t harm the shrub at all, and it’ll continue to grow.

Pruning is also a great way to encourage new growth. Check on your plant often. If you notice some leaves turning yellow or pests have taken over a stalk or two, then you can trim it back, making the plant healthy again.

Alternatively, you can grow sage in a pot. As long as it’s big enough for your sage to grow comfortably without reaching its full size, this plant can thrive in a pot. You’ll get plenty of harvests from it without it taking up too much room.

The best part is that you can keep it in a pot inside your house or you can leave it out in the garden. So, it won’t run into any other plants in the garden, but you’ll still get the many benefits of companion planting.

Final Words

Sage is a large bush that will easily take over your garden if given a chance. However, it won’t stunt the growth of other plants. Sage simply likes to have elbow room.

It’s an easy herb to care for and let grow to its full potential with the right care. But, on the other hand, there are ways to keep this bush small without hurting its health.

Want to learn more? Click here to find out how much sun sage needs to grow. You can also find all my guides to growing sage here.