Plant Care Common Sage

Common Sage

4.2 out of 5 (34 experiences)

Common Sage has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Common Sage has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Common Sage

Common Sage is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 1205 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Common Sage likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Salvia officinalis

Also known as

Tricolor Sage

How to care for Common Sage


How often to water your Common Sage

Water needs for Common Sage
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Sage needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Sage

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Sage in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Sage: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Sage love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Sage does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Common Sage

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Sage: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Sage after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Sage can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Common Sage

Common Sage

Common Sage

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Sage has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
Common Sage has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 13
Common Sage has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Common Sage has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Common Sage has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Common Sage has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Common Sage has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@YernFivespot avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 179 XP
globe Columbus, OH

I love this plant it is beautiful it’s big grows hearty and has strong branches the only thing I don’t know is if they can go outside or not

Survivor Survivor
Ivory avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 123 XP

Never sprout

@chlo36 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 305 XP
globe San Jose, CA

easily gets powdery mildew if you don’t know how to take care of her !

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Plant parent avatar
@Plant parent
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 337 XP
globe London, England

Great mix of herbs

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@bunnywaslost avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 40 XP

uhhh I love my plant. The first time I actually heard of a sage plant was in a therapy session of mine because my preferred name is Sage and I tended to see not-mortal beings and I hadn’t seen them in a bit. So my therapist said what sage leaves have been used for. Which included warding off spirits of sorts. But yeah I love my plant very much

@echeverhia avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 173 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta

It smells super yummy, and it's edible!

@woozlewitch avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 622 XP
globe Bournemouth, England

Getafix (named after the druid from Asterix the Gaul comics for his ‘witchy’ qualities!) is by far my favourite plant. So far. He is so easy to look after, I often forget he’s real!

The soil can dry up and he will still be 100% there. He is also super for the mild, wet British climate - sage is not demanding when it comes to sunshine and can tolerate the drizzly weeks, if kept outside.

My favourite quality of Getafix the Druid is his subtle yet calming scent from his fluffy, little leaves! Or are those leaves my favourite thing about him? Ah, well, you get the picture: there’s a lot to love about the simple yet satisfying sage.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@lizzi1218 avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 106 XP
globe Moorhead, MN

She’s sooo dramatic about having enough water. When she feels good her leaves are high and proud, but as soon as she gets just a little thirsty she looks like she’s about to DIE, leaves resting at the bottom of the pot. Doesn’t matter if you’re good about watering or not, she’s just a drama queen.

Survivor Survivor
@sphamx avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP

I love sage. I grew this sage from a seed, but I’ve had propagated it before too. It’s grows so quickly, which is very rewarding, it isn’t too difficult to care for. It’s completely edible so it’s excellent for pets (and children) and it flowers pretty easily.

I would almost say it grows so quickly (at the start at least) that it becomes a downside, I’ve had to repot it 2 times in a month, but to be fair, I started growing it a month and a bit ago.

Very good starter plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Chloe avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe New York

Definitely doesn’t need too much water. Made the mistake of giving mine too much water. 😔

@markayler avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 238 XP
globe Washington, DC

Beautiful plant and easy to maintain

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