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Pineapple sage, a delicious scent of pineapple


Pineapple sage or salvia elegans is a wonderful aromatic plant with the scent of pineapple.

Last name : Salvia elegans
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Aromatic plant

Height
: 100/120 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich and well drained

Harvest : All year - Flowering : Fall

Caring for pineapple sage is easy and these few tips will help you improve the development of your Saliva Elegans sage.

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Planting pineapple sage

Planting pineapple sage, saliva elegans, is important, it is this step that will condition the good recovery and growth of your pineapple sage.

It is best to plant in spring, but you can also plant in summer and fall, avoiding periods that are too dry.

Like thesage, she likes sunny places but not hot. Morning or evening sun is ideal.

  • Make sure you have well-drained soil
  • Water regularly the first year after planting
  • Quite greedy, the addition of fertilizer in spring improves the growth and flowering of pineapple sage

Pineapple sage in a jar:

Perfectly suited for growing in pots, pineapple sage becomes very decorative on a window sill, on a terrace or on a balcony.

  • She will appreciate morning or evening sun in summer and full sun all day from fall
  • Regular watering as soon as the soil is dry on the surface is essential
  • Use a special vegetable patch or flowering plants
  • The application of fertilizer for flowering plants is often important in spring and summer because the soil in a pot becomes depleted much faster

Pineapple sage cutting:

Very easy to cut, we propagate pineapple sage by simply putting a cutting in a glass of water.

  • Multiplication bycuttings throughout the summer

Pineapple sage harvest

Pineapple sage, salvia elegans, can be harvested throughout the year.

The first year, wait for the plant to form a small bush before harvesting to give it time to develop well.

The leaves are excellent for health and have long been recognized for their soothing properties.

The leaves give off a delicious scent of pineapple, both in smell and in the mouth. (Photo © Comugnero Silvana)

Caring for pineapple sage

Caring for pineapple sage is very easy, especially if your climate allows you not to worry about the cold.

Indeed, this plant has no other drawback than poor resistance to frost in winter and therefore deserves special attention.

  • If winter is cold in your region, prefer container culture to protect from frost in winter
  • It will need a cool but bright room and above all where it does not freeze like an unheated veranda or greenhouse.

On the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast, pineapple sage should pass the winter without a problem, even in open ground outdoors.

Watering and fertilizer:

Fairly greedy, pineapple sage will appreciate the addition of fertilizer and / or compost at least once a year.

She likes to drink and can be watered in hot weather and / or prolonged drought.

Potted pineapple sage deserves special attention because it should be watered as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

Should we prune pineapple sage?

Yes, after flowering, we can cut the leaves short

Cut back at the beginning of winter to stimulate the appearance of new shoots in the spring but also to give it a compact habit.

You can cut up to 15-20 cm from the foot.

  • Protect the foliage if it freezes heavily in your area, pineapple sage is frost resistant down to -7 °

Good to know about pineapple sage

Sage comes from "salvia", which means life-saving, because of its long-recognized therapeutic virtues.

Pineapple sage is both soothing and stimulating for the body, so consuming it will benefit your body more.

Its pineapple scent makes it an ideal aromatic plant for all exotic cooking recipes.

Its very decorative leaves are also widely used to decorate dishes and desserts in particular.

Being evergreen and blooming late allows this plant to be decorative throughout the year.

Smart tip

Widely present in the Mediterranean scrub, sage does not need a lot of water to develop, quite the contrary.


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Photo © Femiel

Video: Harvesting And Drying Sage - Gardening by DKS (October 2020).