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11-23-07, 09:11 AM
I've done a search on the internet and checked wikipedia, and am not certain
what to do with Sage during the winter. For gardens that are at 4500' elevation and
where it typically snows from november to about march, do you cut the plant back
or leave it alone until the next season. I don't know whether this is a plant that dies
at the end of the season or if it regenerates so you don't have to replant the following
season. If the former, do you leave the plant alone, or cut back the withered leaves
and/or stems? Anyone have experience with this?
11-23-07, 09:19 AM
I really never did anything and it seemed to comeback just fine. You might try some kind of wind barrier, especially if it helps mound snow around it. Whether it dies back to the crown or the limbs usually would be based on how hardy it is and how much care you give it.
Most pruning is done around Feb to March in most areas, not while the plant is still green. Wait for it to become fully dormant which means the sap will have moved back into the main part of the plant.
These are basic rules for most things that you overwinter.
I never really did anything special for sage though.
11-23-07, 09:34 AM
My wife is the gardener but I know that she doesn't do anything with the sage over the winter. It has had a foot of snow on it and has survived temps below zero to come back the next year. So I think it is pretty hardy. I'd be bummed if it died though cause I love to cook with it. It was used yesterday in the stuffing btw.
11-23-07, 10:42 AM
Same here. We did nothing special and it came back fine... although I must ask why you didn't harvest the whole plant to use in your Thanksgiving stuffing. ;)
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