The Artemisia abrotanum is winter hardy. Put the plant somewhere in partial shade. The soil should be kept damp. Give it extra water during dry periods.
The plant is grown organically. In other words, no chemical pesticides have been used to grow the plant. For a healthy garden!
|Latin name:||Artemisia arbrotanum 'Cola'|
|Delivery type:||Delivered as plant in nursery pot|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
European Sage (Artemisia abrotanum) 'Cola' should be watered immediately upon receipt, then you have a number of ways it can be maintained. Keep the pot indoors for a while, to plant out later on the patio or decking - in a decorative planter perhaps. Or, plant directly into your herb garden, or a border.
- Just stand the nursery pot and plant in a nice planter. Preferably one with holes in the base, on a saucer.
- Stand the nursery pot with plant on a saucer that collects the drain-off.
- Use a planter without holes that will collect the drain-off.
The plant should be stood in a warm, light spot out of full sunlight.
- Stand it in whatever kind of pot you prefer in a warm and sheltered spot.
- Pot it up into fresh potting compost by removing from the nursery pot and replanting at the right depth in a bigger pot. Fill up with more potting compost and press in firmly.
- Plant the European Sage directly into the garden.
Artemisia abrotanum in the winter
This plant will stay green for a long time in the winter but if it's a severe winter, it can turn quite unattractive. It will however perk up in the spring again with lots of new shoots and leaves - really pretty. It's always a bit more sensitive when potted so do store it somewhere light and frost free, if not planted in the garden.
Water your mature plants slightly more during dry periods. European Sage (Artemisia abrotanum) 'Cola' is drought resistant. Make sure that any escess water can drain away properly as these plants do not like wet feet.
Regardless of whether you use the leaves, we recommend cutting back hard in the summer to rejuvenate the plant and encourage new growth.
Herbs on the patio
You can stand these pots of herbs outdoors too as long as you harden them off first. Do this by standing them in a shady spot for one hour longer every day for 5 days. They'll then be ready to stand where you want them. European Sage has a strong preference for a nice sunny spot.
Here's a tip: place them near the kitchen door so they are always at hand when you need them for cooking.
Harvesting: year round.
You can harvest the leaves, buds and flowers. Snip European Sage stems off then swoosh along the whole thing to leave it bare. Do avoid the centre of the plant and use a sharp knife or scissors to snip your stems.
As long as the plant is growing new leaves and twigs you can continue to harvest. Do it correctly and you can harvest year round from the same plant!
Artemisia is a hardy perennial that you will enjoy for many years.