Puur® Red Sage ‘Purpurescens’ - Plant

Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurescens’
Puur® Red Sage ‘Purpurescens’

Spicy common sage by PUUR Aroma!

Sage is really at home in the Mediterranean cuisine. This is why no herb garden is complete without this perennial. Thrives well in either a herb garden or in pots on your patio or decking. Red sage is a nice colour variation with the same taste as the green sage. Use fresh sage sparingly as the taste can be overpowering. Frying it a little softens the taste so that it is not as strong.
Bakker supplies organically grown red sage by PUUR Aroma. Delivery height 10 cm in a nursery pot Ø 13 cm.
 
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  • Planting
  • Water your common sage as soon as possible after receiving it, then you have a couple of choices. You can keep the pot indoors temporarily, then at a later date put it outdoors on the patio or decking. Or you can plant this perennial directly into a herb garden or border.
    Indoors:
    1. You can stand the nursery pot in an attractive planter with holes in the base and a matching saucer.
    2. Or you could just stand the nursery pot on a saucer to simply collect the drainage water.
    3. Use a decorative planter that collects the water from the inner pot.
    The potted sage should have a warm, fairly light spot out of full sun.
     Outdoors:
    1. Choose a warm, sheltered spot to stand your sage if keeping it potted. If you do this after the plants have been indoors for some time, you will have to harden them off again. Do this by leaving the plants outdoors for an hour longer each day, for five days.
    2. Replant the sage in a larger pot. Fill the pot with fresh potting compost. Remove the plant from the old pot and plant at the correct depth in the new pot. Fill the pot with more potting compost and press gently in.
    3. Or, replant the plant directly in the garden.
    4. Water generously immediately after planting.

     
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  • Care
  • Water extra during dry periods. With occasional addition of plant food the sage will grow well and as the plant continues growing you will be able to harvest from it for a longer period.
    Common sage blooms July – September with blue flowers that are very popular with butterflies and (bumble) bees. Place the pot in a sunny, partly shaded spot. Sage can also be planted in the garden. If, for whatever reason, the sage has become a little unattractive, prune back to half its size to rejuvenate it.
    Harvesting
    Garden sage also known as common sage can be harvested throughout the year. It is simple to harvest by cutting off a stem or a few leaves. Always leave the heart of the plant untouched. It would be best to harvest with scissors or a knife, but you can also use your thumb and index finger. Do be careful that you do not pull the plant out of the soil. Do not harvest too much from one plant. As long as the plant continues to produce new leaves, you will be able to continue harvesting from it. In this way you will be harvesting from the same plant throughout the year!
     
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  • Specifics
  • Common sage originates from around the Mediterranean and is classified under Labiatae or Lamiaceae. It is a strong, hardy perennial and is highly suitable for borders or large flower pots and planters.
    The beautifulll blue-lipped flowers are very popular with butterflies and (bumble) bees.
    How to use
    Sage is delicious in dishes from southern European cuisine, for instance with oily fish, meat dishes (particularly pork and lamb), poultry, vegetable dishes, stews and casseroles and specifically in combination with Parma ham. Sage is also used as a garnish!
    Did you know that sage leaves are really tasty when you deep-fry them for a very short time until crisp?
     
    It would be best to use sage sparingly, as it has a rather, strong, overpowering flavour. Sage will become less powerful if heated with your dish for a brief moment.
     
    Common sage has a strong Mediterranean aroma and has been used as a herb for a very long time. Sage also has medicinal properties. For instance, it has a disinfectant action, enabling it to inhibit inflammation.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurescens’
    Brand Puur®
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Color Green
    Light preference full sun ,  partial sun
    Scented deliciously scented
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