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 2021 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

💦 Water

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Sage in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Common Sage →

Common Common Sage Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Common Sage prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Common Sage Water Frequency →

Common Sage Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Sage requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Common Sage Light Requirements →

Common Sage Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Common Sage is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Common Sage Toxicity to Cats →

Common Sage Toxicity to Dogs →

Common Sage Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Common Sage doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Common Sage Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Common Sage does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Common Sage →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Sage →

💩 Fertilizer

Common Sage should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Common Sage →

🌎 Native Region

Common Sage is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Common Sage bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Common Sage Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Common Sage grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Common Sage →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Sage can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Common Sage Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Common Sage can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Common Sage →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Common Sage, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

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
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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
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@Plant parent
leaf-1 12 Plants
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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 0 Plants
xp 173 XP

It smells super yummy, and it's edible!

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leaf-1 9 Plants
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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
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globe New York

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

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globe Washington, DC

Beautiful plant and easy to maintain

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