You certainly know sage, but do you also know pineapple sage? It is not only a great culinary herb, but also a beautiful ornamental plant.© pilialoha - Fotolia.com
Pineapple sage (Salvia rutilans) is a culinary herb that not only has a practical use, but can also score with a high ornamental value. The perennial plant from Central America is quite well adapted to our climate and is therefore easy to cultivate. The labiate is growth-friendly and the leaves exude a pleasant, fruity aroma with light touch, which reminds of pineapple. The scarlet, nectar-rich flowers attract many insects and, due to the rather late flowering, ensure an autumnal highlight in the herb garden.
In the following, we will tell you what to consider when planting this attractive plant, which impresses as a culinary herb and ornamental plant.
Find the right location
Even beginners should have no problem cultivating pineapple sage. However, an important basis for good growth is the choice of location. You can basically cultivate pineapple sage outdoors. But it is not hardy. Therefore, you should favor the position in the bucket. You create ideal growth conditions with a warm, humid but not full sun location. The pineapple sage tolerates the morning and evening sun very well. However, you should protect the plant from the blazing midday sun. In a less ideal location, the pineapple sage may not die immediately, but it grows more slowly and releases fewer fruit flavors.
Plant pineapple sage in a common and easily passable place. Frequent contact releases the fruity fragrance. This is an enrichment for every herb garden.
As far as the location of the container is concerned, the container plant does not differ from pineapple sage, which is cultivated outdoors. A warm, partially shaded area is ideal. With the container plant, however, you have the advantage that you can position the plant variably and thus protect it well from the blazing midday sun by simply changing the location.
The ideal location in brief:
- partial shade
Choose the ideal substrate
It should be a particularly nutrient-rich and permeable soil, so that the irrigation water can drain off easily and there is no fear of waterlogging. You should loosen poor soil before planting and enrich it with compost. The addition of sand also makes the soil more permeable. A mixture of clay soil, sand and compost is the ideal substrate for the spice plant.
The right floor in brief:
- clay soil
Cultivate pineapple sage in a bucket
When cultivating outdoors, you should note that these are not hardy plants. If ground frost threatens, you must dig out the pineapple sage, put it in a planter and take it to the winter quarters. This effort can be avoided by cultivating in the bucket. You can set up the bucket variably over the summer and later transport it to the winter quarters at any time.
How should the planter be made?
For the fast growing plants there are quite large planters. The plant pot should have a volume of at least ten liters. Then the roots can spread well and it does not have to be transplanted continuously. It is also important that you ensure that there are sufficient drainage holes in the bottom of the vessel. Waterlogging can only be prevented if the irrigation water can drain off easily. Effective protection against waterlogging is also provided by drainage, which you can create from pottery shards or coarse gravel in the bottom of the vessel.
Planting pineapple sage - step by step instructions
- Select a suitable location / a suitable planter.
- Loosen and prepare the substrate.
- Now dig out the planting hole and place the plant in the tub.
- Then fill the tub with substrate and press on the soil.
- Finally, water the plant well.
How are the plants to be treated in the bucket?
The pineapple sage in the open is more robust and easier to care for. In contrast, the container plant has only a limited supply of substrate and nutrients available. Since the plants prefer a moist environment, you should not forget to water the tub plants. During the growing season, regular fertilization is also a prerequisite for healthy growth. If you mix the plant soil in the bucket with compost, the pineapple sage already receives an organic slow-release fertilizer when planted.
What happens to the bucket in winter?
Pineapple sage is not winter hardy, even outdoors. The situation in the bucket appears even more difficult with frost, because the roots are far more vulnerable in the vessel than in the ground outdoors. The container plant therefore needs a frost-free winter area in good time. The temperatures should not drop below five degrees, but should not exceed 15 degrees either.
How to repot pineapple sage properly
To the delight of every hobby gardener, the pineapple sage is a vigorous plant. However, this also necessitates repotting more frequently. At the latest when the root ball has completely penetrated the planter, it is time for a larger planter. The new plant pot can outperform its predecessor by four to five centimeters in diameter. In addition, always make sure that there are sufficient drainage holes for the irrigation water and create a drainage of pottery shards against waterlogging.