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The real sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial subshrub and has many lovers. The velvety leaves taste Mediterranean fish and meat dishes and make the food easier digestible. Sage tea has an antibacterial and heals inflammation in the stomach, mouth and throat or can be used as toner for blemished skin. The good news for all those who can not get enough of the medicinal and aromatic plant with the aromatic leaves: Sage can easily be multiplied by cuttings.
Step by step: multiply sage
For the propagation of sage by cuttings you need a secateurs and a knife, a cutting board, fresh shoot tips from the sage, pots filled with nutrient-poor earth and long wooden skewers and freezer bags for the foil hood.
Cutting head cuttings (left), ie unpolluted shoot tips with 3 to 4 leaf pairs. With the exception of the top two pairs, strip all leaves with your fingers (right)
If you keep the sage shrub by pruning in shape, you can also win a few cuttings. Important: Cut tightly under a leaf knot as the growth concentration is highest there. Remove the bottom leaves of the shoots by hand by wiping.
Cut cuttings diagonally (left) and cut in leaves (right)
Cut the cuttings under a leaf knot with a sharp knife at an angle, leaving 2 to 3 pairs of leaves. Shorten remaining leaves by half, which reduces the evaporation area and increases the growth rate. In addition, the cuttings do not press each other later.
Put the finished cuttings in small pots with potting soil (left) and wrap the pots in a transparent foil bag (right)
Press three cuttings per pot into the ground so that the lower leaf node is covered with substrate. The foliage should have no earth contact. Press down well with your fingers. Sprinkle the soil so that the cuttings get good ground contact. Remove excess water later from the planter, otherwise it can lead to decay. Immediately afterwards pull a foil hood over the cuttings and place the pots brightly, but not fully sunny.
Higher air humidity through foil bags
A foil hood protects the cuttings from rooting to excessive evaporation and dehydration. The wooden skewers prevent the foil from sticking to the leaves and causing them to rot. From time to time ventilate the film and spray the cuttings with a water atomizer so that they do not dry out. If fresh shoot growth is recognizable, then new roots have formed and you can remove the foil hood.