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Q.Potted Sage Plant Wilting

Anonymous added on April 2, 2014 | Answered

My best friend got me a sage plant (Salvia officinalis) about a month ago. I found it a very sweet gift and she assured me sage can be fine indoors. I left it on a windowsill and gave it about 8 oz of water each day. I noticed little holes and some of the stems wilting. I cleaned its roots and checked the pot for any worms or pests and saw none. I then bought dust pesticide to use on it and everything seemed fine. A blogger suggested leaving it on my porch. I did and nothing is flourishing. If anything, it seems skinnier than before. I’ve had my plant since the beginning of March and some of the bigger leaves have already fallen off. Am I doing something wrong? Hate to kill my friend’s gift.

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Answered on April 2, 2014

It could simply be suffering from over watering. Rather than watering the plant every day, you should be allowing the soil to dry out some before giving it more. Too much water can lead to fungal issues and root rot. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/sage/growing-sage-plant-indoors.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/signs-of-plants-affected-by-too-much-water.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

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