How To Grow the Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis)

The Jerusalem Sage comes originally from the Mediterranean but is now becoming very popular as a plant cultivated in many gardens. Phlomis is its generic name and it was used for medical purposes by the Greek physician, Dioscorides during the early first century. The leaves of the Jerusalem Sage have a mild and attractive fragrance that is normally added to potpourri mixtures. These plants are not really part of a long list of herbs that are normally included in recipes for cooking. In Greece however, their leaves are normally gathered from hillsides, allowed to dry, and sold in bundles at public markets where people buy them to add flavor and aroma for casserole and stew recipes.

These are the instructions to follow when planting Jerusalem Sage:

  • Growing in a container. If you wish to plant this herb in a container, make use of a large one filled with compost with a soil foundation. Try not to be too generous in feeding and watering your plant as it actually grows well in drought. Once your Jerusalem sage begins to form flowers, you may need to do some trimming as it has a tendency to grow uncontrollably. Trimming it back will put a limit to this. When winter comes, keep the plant protected in a cool area. Always remember that you should water it as minimally as possible.
  • Selecting seeds and transplanting. For propagating purposes, select seeds of medium size preferably during autumn. Make use of plug or seed trays, covering them with a thin coating of compost. Place them in a cool area. The germination process can be quite swift. As soon as your seedlings are big enough, you may begin to transplant them into an area of your garden that is safe from the frost.
  • Garden cultivation. For garden cultivating, plant you Jerusalem sage into your seed beds after all the dangers of frost have passed. Place them in groups of about 3 to four seeds separating them from each other by 24 to 30 inches. Keep them under full sunlight and partial shade. They survive drought during the milder climates of summer and will only require minimal watering when the weather is extremely hot.
  • Maintaining plant health. To properly maintain Jerusalem sage, you may divide the plants that are completely established when necessary during the season of spring. Come summertime, start trimming after the flowering stage to help retain the plant’s shape. Autumn is always the best time to start planting your seeds. During the cold winter, make sure that your plant is protected, especially those that are grown outdoors.

Jerusalem sage will always look great in any garden because of its rows of beautiful blooms with vibrant colors. Its mild, sweet fragrance is an added feature which makes this plant extra special. Another great thing about planting Jerusalem sage in your garden is that it is a hardy plant which will survive even in soil that is not ideal for other types of crops. Maintenance is fairly easy as well, since the plant does not require frequent watering as others do. Plant Jerusalem sage and see for yourself how it enhances the beauty of your own garden.


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