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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Salvia officinalis
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 12-30 inches high; 24 inches wide
Location and soil: sun; rich, well-drained soil; tolerates poor, dry soil; will grow indoors
Uses: fresh or dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; meat recipes; bees like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds, division, cuttings, and layering
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 1-2 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 1-2 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 21 days
Germination temp.: 60-70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 75 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 24-30 inches
Spacing between rows: 24 inches
Growing On...
Pests: slugs, spittlebugs, spider mites
Diseases: root rot, wilt
Harvest: pick fresh leaves as needed; for drying, cut branches before plant flowers, bunch them together, and hang them upside down in a warm, airy place, then remove leaves and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: well-drained soil is a must; many varieties available, such as purple, golden, variegated, and tricolor

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