How to Grow Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) from Seed | O'Neill Seeds
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Clary Sage, scientifically known as Salvia sclarea, is a perennial herb gardeners love for its beautiful foliage, stunning blooms, and therapeutic properties. This plant is native to the Mediterranean, and it grows well in warm and sunny environments. Clary sage is also easy to grow from seed, making it a favorite among gardeners looking to add some charm to their outdoor space. In this blog, we'll explore the steps you can take to successfully grow clary sage from seed and keep it healthy throughout the growing season.
1. Choose a suitable location: Clary sage thrives in full sunlight and well-draining soil. If you want your clary sage plants to grow well, choose a location where they can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Avoid planting them in areas where waterlogged soil is a common occurrence because it can lead to root rot.
2. Plant the seeds: The best time to plant clary sage seeds is in spring. Before planting the seeds, prepare the soil by removing dry leaves, weeds, and debris. Then, gently rake the soil to create a smooth surface before scattering the seeds over the soil. Once you've scattered them, cover them with a thin layer of soil, and then water them gently. Be sure to space the seeds about 2 feet apart to allow room for growth.
3. Watering: Ensure that the seeds receive sufficient moisture to grow. Young clary sage seedlings are delicate and may not adapt well to daily watering at first. Instead, water gently to avoid washing the seeds away. As the seedlings grow, they'll develop a strong root system and will require more water. Check the soil regularly and water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
4. Feeding: Clary sage is a robust plant that can grow in poor soil. However, it thrives when given extra nutrition. Fertilize the plants once every two weeks until they begin to flower. Use a well-balanced fertilizer, and be sure to follow the package directions for best results.
5. Pruning: Clary sage plants are best pruned in the late spring after the first blooms have faded. Pruning promotes bushy growth and helps the plant to produce more flowers. Cut back the stems to just above the bottom two sets of leaves, and then remove flowers as they fade to encourage more blooms.
Growing clary sage from seed is an easy and rewarding experience. With proper care and attention, your garden will be filled with beautiful, fragrant plants that add a touch of elegance and relaxation to your outdoor space. Follow the tips mentioned in this blog, and you'll be able to grow clary sage from seed with ease. Additionally, a well-grown clary sage plant has a plethora of medicinal and therapeutic benefits, so it's a great addition to any garden. We hope you found this blog informative, and it inspires you to start growing clary sage in your garden today. Happy gardening!