A Guide to Growing Pineapple Sage
Pineapple sage is a wonderful perennial that is very popular when used as a seasoning or herb. This plant is often used to season meat or as an addition to a salad, but it can also be pureed and mixed into jam, dried and made into tea, or even as a flavor for mixed drinks. The pineapple sage plant has a bright green color that lends an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere during the spring. The flowers of this plant are a deep and intense shade of red that are sure to catch your eye during the bloom period which typically occurs in autumn. The taste and appearance of this plant definitely gain it a few ticks in the “plus” category, but one of the best traits is the smell. This plant doesn’t have the word ‘pineapple’ in its name for nothing! Crush one of the leaves under your nose and you can smell the sweet tropical essence of pineapple. Are you interested, now? If so, read on to learn how you can cultivate your very own pineapple sage plant.
Location, Location, Location!
If you don’t know much about gardening, then pay attention, because the place that this plant will call home is very important to how well it grows and indeed whether it survives. You can easily grow your pineapple sage indoors in a pot if you want easy access to it, but if you live anywhere in USDA zones eight to eleven then this plant should do well in an outdoor garden. If convenience is a concern, consider placing it near the backdoor where you can easily stoop to grab a few pieces to use in the kitchen. Sunlight is the first matter to consider when looking for the perfect place to put your pineapple sage. The optimum place for this plant would be one in which it can receive plenty of sunlight. Temperature is another consideration, as this plant can generally survive mild winters however it cannot tolerate extreme cold climates. Many people find that this plant successfully returns every year if it is left outside in the summer and brought indoors around the time that the first frost is expected. If your area experiences pretty harsh summers where excessive heat and long periods without rain are common, then you should really consider growing your sage indoors!
You can plant pineapple sage from seeds, but these are much more difficult to come by and can be tricky to get started. It is recommended that you use a stem cutting procured during the early spring, which is also the best time to plant. This plant can be as small as two feet tall or as large as six feet depending on whether it is planted in a pot and what type of conditions it is grown in. Just make sure that your pot or patch of land is large enough to accommodate this plant in its best case scenario. A moderate quality soil will be fine for this plant, but if you are dead-set on using it in your cooking then you may want to spring for a good quality soil. Remove the matured leaves from the branches of an existing pineapple sage plant. Place the stems of these into the soil and pack the dirt firmly around the leaves. Give the soil a light watering. If you are planting in a pot then go ahead and move it to a sunny location such as a windowsill. These leaves will soon develop a root system. Keep the soil moist but not wet. You might find that a daily mist using a spray bottle works very well. By the next spring season you should find that a nice mature plant has sprouted and is ready to be put to good use!