Here is the BEST Time to Plant Sage in Michigan (2023)

Do you want to grow sage in Michigan, but don’t know when to plant them?

Planting sage is not as easy as it seems.

Here’s why:

  • Sage are not able to survive frost or cold weather under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

So if you plant them outside too early in the spring they will die. And if you plant them too late, your sage won’t produce a harvest before the first frost arrives in the fall.

Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to plant sage in Michigan:

  • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Sage, Check Out This GUIDE!

When to Plant Sage in Michigan

As you may have already guessed, you need to pay very close attention to your local weather in the spring. Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs.

In general, when there hasn’t been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your sage outside in Michigan!

For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in Michigan. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.

Michigan Last & First Frost Dates

michigan frost dates

Unfortunately, Mother Nature plays cruel tricks on us every year.

It should be noted that the above dates are just averages.

There are years when the last frost comes MUCH later. Sometimes, the last frost happens much earlier and you can get your sage planted outside in Michigan much quicker.

Like I said before, you need to be very diligent in checking your local weather.

So what happens if a frost comes AFTER you plant your sage?

When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

  • If sage are in pots, bring them inside
  • If sage are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive

Also, make sure not to plant your sage in your garden too late.

  • Planting sage too late will cause small sage or even worse, no sage.

When Should You Start Your Sage Seeds Indoors?

Depending on the type of sage, it takes roughly 40-50 days to grow sage from seed indoors and then transplant them to your garden.

For a specific date that you should start sage seeds indoors you should:

  • Find the last average frost date HERE
  • And then subtract 50 days from it

Not only this, but I recommend again paying close attention to your local weather report.

It should also be noted that the best technique for bringing your sage plants outside is to introduce them (in their pots) outside for an hour. And then increase the amount of time they spend outside each day by an hour until they have been outside for 8 hours.

This will “hardened” your sage plant, increasing its chances of fighting off diseases, insects, droughts, and wet conditions.

If you want to learn WHEN to plant ANY Vegetable in Michigan, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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