Sun and Soil Requirements Sage grows best in sandy, well draining soils when watered once every two weeks. TooManyWeeds87 Seedling. Does anyone know what that is and how I can stop it from happening? How to Grow Sage Zones. Sage thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic soil and full sun or light shade. Remove diseased flowers and/or leaves right away. Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a short-lived perennial herb grown for its aromatic leaves. I planted a Texas sage Silverado (Leucophyllum frutescens( about a month ago and watered it deeply for the first couple of weeks. It will survive mild winters, but can be damaged by hard frosts. If the leaves are losing some color or turning yellow they need more light. Troubleshooting the plant to determine the problem is the first step in solving it. They are a dusty gray green color. Sage leaves can also turn yellow because of too much nitrogen due to fertilizer or a nitrogen deficit because the roots are pot bound. Common green sage is hardier than other varieties, so try growing it before any others if you don’t have an ideal climate. Sage is a hardy perennial with pretty, grayish green leaves that like as good in a perennial border as they do in a vegetable garden. All of this is from information I found online and not my experience. Like powdery mildew, gray mold is well named. Preventing and Controlling Gray Mold. Like rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), also from the Labiatae family, sage prefers a light fertilizer and for the soil pH to be between 6.0 and 7.0.To measure the soil’s pH, you can buy a pH reader from your local garden store. The symptoms of gray mold depend on the type of plant and environmental conditions, but generally spots that appear water-soaked will form on the leaves. How to Identify Gray Mold Damage. I've been growing it for years and it always does really well. Sage leaves are curling under. It forms a shrub up to 2 feet high with gray-green leaves and attractive lilac flowers. Sage thrives in fairly rich soil that is well-drained. The sage leaves grow best in terms of aroma and flavour when in low to medium nutrient soil rather then high nitrogen soils. Once it boils, reduce the heat, cover the tea, and let it simmer for three to five minutes. This is an indication of rot or mildew. These might appear white at first. Apart from being unsightly, it … Only one annoying problem. Sage is one of my favourite plants. The oval leaves turn vaguely purple in full sun, and the compact growth habit makes it perfect for containers or small areas. Place the sage in a pot with water and boil. It appears as a gray mold, primarily on old and dying leaves and flowers. It grows spikes of spring flowers in different colors, including purple, blue, white, and pink. It begins as water-soaked spots and eventually develops into the characteristic gray, fuzzy coating. Leaves and flowers of sage plants. Sage leaves have a velvety texture that is pretty in the garden and also feels nice when you pick the leaves. Brown spots on the leaves of the sage plant can be an indication of several different problems. fish_4_all, Mar 12, 2010 #2. Step 1 Examine the plant to see if the brown spots occur only on certain leaves. The leaves of a sage plant are elongated and come to a point at the end. To make your sage tea you only need 3-4 sprigs of fresh sage, or you can substitute fresh with about a tablespoon of dried sage leaves, and two cups of water. I have cut back on the watering a lot but the leaves are still turning and some are dead. Not all sage varieties are culinary; the most popular kitchen sage is called Salvia officinalis. I started to notice the leaves were turning yellow and wondered if I watered it too much. The older leaves keep getting covered in a grey mould. I hope it helps. 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