To ensure that sage leaves continue growing, be sure to leave some leaves on the plant. Younger sage leaves will have a better, fuller flavor. Like other herbs, regularly pruning sage will encourage plant growth. Without proper trimming, sage can become woody and shrubby.
- If harvesting sage for fresh use, pick leaves off as desired.
- If harvesting for drying, cut stems around 6 to 8 inches, bundle together, and store in a sealed container or out to air-dry.