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How to Propagate Pineapple Sage?

My mom is a big gardening fanatic. She is always in our garden and verandas, most of the time growing something or the other. This springtime, she was propagating pineapple sage. 

I always wondered what this pink, reddish flower could be that grows in a series of bunch. Nor did I expect it would be called a pineapple sage!

It is queer that the plant looks nowhere similar to a pineapple fruit with a literal imagination. Nevertheless, the sweet pineapple fragrance well describes its name.

I love this plant as it’s a great herb along with its beautiful petite red blooms.

Generally, you can propagate pineapple sage by cutting, placing the stem in water, and finally potting with the soil after a few weeks. 

Blooming Pineapple Sage (source: pixabay.com)

Many of us might perceive the process of propagation as complex until we are educated on “how to do it.”

The good part is that you have different options to propagate your pineapple sage, and it is super easy. You can fiddle around with whatever is convenient for you.

Keep reading to have a vivid clarity about the propagation process on what, why, and how.

Reasons to Propagate Pineapple Sage

Along with the illuminating beauty and fruity fragrance of Pineapple sage, it has various other beneficial properties.

Pineapple sage is one of the herbal mint families that helps to settle your stomach and digestion issues. Likewise, as per the studies, its tea benefits from calming you and aiding you in.

You can even apply pineapple sage leaves in various delicacies like garnishing salads, cocktails, lemon juice, or tea.

Garnishing pineapple sage leaves in salads (source: unsplash.com)

Also, propagation is a good way to have your favorite plants grown in your house quickly rather than growing from seeds.

Similarly, propagating pineapple sage is excellent because of the following reasons.

  • The propagation method is easier, faster, and cheaper.
  • Genetically identical to the parents’ plants.
  • Avoids the hassle of growing Pineapple Sage through seeds.

Best Time to Propagate Pineapple Sage

Growing your pineapple sage during the winter season with artificial lights is highly not recommended. They grow and bloom well with natural sunlight.

While the pineapple sage is grown during the fall time, it stays alive until the winter season.

The fall or spring season is the ideal time for pineapple sage to be propagated. Although it is good, once all the frosting goes away, that can damage the plant.

The frost from the cold weather does not allow them to survive for an extended period. Thus, pineapple sages are usually grown during the spring season.

Likewise, at the beginning of spring, the flowers will already be done blooming. Therefore, the next round of replanting or propagating your pineapple sage takes over for the following year.

How Long Does it Take to Propagate Pineapple Sage?

After deciding to grow your pineapple sage fast, the first question would be: how do we propagate them?

Check out the video on how you can propagate your pineapple sage.

While propagating your pineapple sage, it is essential to transplant them with enough spaces between one another.

For example, you can leave at least 4 feet apart from each plant you grow.

Make sure to grow them in a big pot or place since they can grow up to 4 feet tall and wide.

Also, check for a plentiful supply of sunlight and well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 8.0.

Choosing the Right Medium to Propagate Pineapple Sage

Generally, pineapple sage can be propagated in water or soil. Here, I will share my knowledge of the two.

From my own experience and in addition to the reasoning to follow below, I would recommend you to go with water first and then transplant in the soil after you see root hairs growing for about 2 inches long.

While keeping the cutting in water for a few weeks, remember to change the water once in 2 days or every day is even better.

If the propagation is done correctly, the roots will easily adapt, and the plant can grow quickly.

Propagating Pineapple Sage in Water  

  • High movement of gas and natural oxygen present in water. The oxygen circulation helps the roots of pineapple sage to grow quickly.
  • While propagating in water, the root hairs are thin, fragile, and small but more in number or strands.
  • Less chance of root rot if placed in tap water as they contain fewer bacteria. 

Propagating Pineapple Sage Directly in the Soil 

  • While propagating in the soil directly, the roots are thicker and sturdier, with fewer hair strands. 
  • High chance of root rot due to the tendency of waterlogging. Alongside, the soil makes the gas movement and oxygen flow less.

Transplanting Mediums for Pineapple Sage

  • Garden ground is a good choice for optimum space between the plants, suitable growing conditions, and decorative plants for your garden. However, high pest infestation can be a problem.
  • A container is good for easy transportability, easy to carry, and decorates the balcony. However, taking care of a container can cost you.

Water propagation is used for many other plants, too, giving great results. You can also check out What is the Best Way to Propagate Snake Plant in Water?

Methods to Propagate Pineapple Sage

Pineapple sage can be grown from seeds too. However, it is not a propagation.

Asexual propagation has various methods such as cutting (stem, root, leaves), layering, budding, division, grafting, and tissue culture.

Let me provide you with some of the easy techniques to propagate your pineapple sage. They can be easily and quickly rooted.

Whichever method you are using, be mindful of controlling the temperature of your surrounding while propagating and transplanting your sage. Avoid extreme temperatures such as very hot or cold.

Propagation through Stem Cutting

The easiest and fast-growing way to propagate pineapple sage is from stem cutting.

You can chop off the tip of the plant, including a soft stem with a pair of scissors. Select the one with just the leaves, not with the flowers or flower buds.

Before transplanting, you can either directly go with the soil or with the water for some weeks then transplant in soil. 

You don’t need to go with a very long stem too. Around four to six inches in length should be fine.

Go with the plants that have blooming red flowers. However, it should be a healthy and a matured one to propagate to another container.

Stem cutting (source:pixabay.com)

It is better not to cut the plant right before winter since they might be too fragile. So, early springs or late summers are the best time to propagate and receive a bushy plant.

Steps to Propagate Pineapple Sage via Stem Cutting

Below are the points on how to use stem cutting for propagating pineapple sage.

Step 1: Stem Cutting

  • Cut off the young shoots of pineapple sage plant with about 4-6 inches.
  • Trim out the bottom leaves except for the few ones at the top.

Step 2: Plant the Cutting

You can grow the cuttings in water or soil placed in plastic or glass as per convenience. I am very fond of recycling my plastic water bottles by cutting them in half for these propagation purposes.

  • You can collect several of the trimmed shoots and propagate them with enough spaces between them.
  • Please place them in a shaded area since the grueling long hours of sunlight might harm them when they are still in the process of budding and forming roots.

Step 3: Dip into the Hormone

  • You can directly pot it into the soil.
  • If you choose not to sink it into growth hormone, you need to put it in the water to develop a root structure. 

Step 4: Water the Cutting

  • Keep the plant well hydrated and the soil moist.
  • Try to keep the plant in a sunny area.
  • Have some patience, and you will see roots growing out of the plant in about two to three weeks.

Step 5: Potting the Plant

  • You can even prune some of the nodes from the cutting to help prevent transplant shock and form solid roots and bushy plants.
  • Once you see longer roots growing about 1 – 2 inches long, shift it to a pot with a mixture of soil and vermiculite. If possible, even add perlite and peat moss.
  • After a week or two from potting the plant, you can place it outside in the sun. Remember to keep the soil moist. It’s incredible to see how the plant grows fast.
Propagating Pineapple sage from water (Source: pexels.com)

For more information, check the ultimate guide to grow pineapple sage from cutting.

Propagating Pineapple Sage through Division

The division is one technique to propagate your pineapple sage. Usually, it is used for plants with a long lifespan.

This method is suitable for transportation and multiplies with another once the previous plant has already matured.

However, you should be aware as there might be fungus on the roots. So do not forget to spray fungicides before transplanting.

Your already grown pineapple sage plant can have masses of stems on them with its root system.

Likewise, these roots are lifted from the ground and divided separately to make it ready for propagating another one.

You can apply division propagation even at the time of repotting your plant, like once a year. However, try to propagate them during the fall or spring season.

Steps to Propagate Pineapple Sage via Division

You can apply the following steps to use this technique.

Step 1: Dig Out the Plant with Roots

  • Before using this method, you need to get a site of red fragranced pineapple sage flowers blooming in your plant. Look out for a well-matured one.
  • Dig out well-grown pineapple sage along with the roots.

Step 2: Divide the Roots

  • Dust off the excess soil from the roots.
  • Divide the root balls of the plant with clean tools (e.g., serrated knife) and gloved hands gently apart.
  • While separating, you can get multiple plant roots.

Step 3: Repotting the Plant

  • Dig out a new hole or find a good pot size for transplantation.
  • Plant each division in the designated site or a container leaving a space of 4-5 feet apart.

Did you know that you can propagate orchird cactus plants as well? Learn more: Step by step guideline to Propagate Orchid Cactus.

Things to Avoid while Propagating Pineapple Sage

There are several things you should look out for while or before propagating a pineapple sage. Stick with me to learn what these are.

  • Avoid growing your pineapple sages during winter or shallow temperatures below 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Do not keep the soil very dry.
  • Be careful on pooling the soil – avoid overwatering.
  • Try not to leave them in the roasting afternoon sunlight.
  • Do not congest the space between plants while growing. Please leave at least 40 inches apart since they grow very rapidly.

Tips to Take Care of Pineapple Sage after Propagation

Pineapple sage or every plant after propagation needs to take care well enough to bloom and have a strong base.

1.  Sunlight Requirement

Pineapple sage craves a lot of sunlight. So don’t forget to place them in a bright sunshiny area.

Pineapple sage plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. However, saying this, it is essential to know the right kind of sunlight.

The scorching afternoon sun is not recommended. On the contrary, it is great to receive the morning sun optimally and a shade from a tree or house later in the day.

Pineapple sages are usually outdoor babies. Nevertheless, some do plant indoors too. Indoor planting is possible during the winter months of the year.

Find a sunny window in your house to place your potted sages.

Optimum sunlight is required during the morning and afternoon times of the day. However, it is nothing better than keeping them outdoors.

Lack of proper sunlight will lead to them hinder from blooming.  

2. Temperature and Humidity Requirement

The suitable weather for pineapple sage contributes to the intensity of the aroma of its smell and blooming traits.

Pineapple sages cannot thrive in extremely low temperatures. Therefore, the warm climate is much preferred, however extreme is not good.

Likewise, a temperature between 41 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.

Humidity is also essential while growing your pineapple sage. They thrive in about 40% relative humidity.

Use a humidifier while indoors to help the plant blossom.

However, the outdoor depends on the weather and environment.

3. Soil Requirement for Plant

Always try to keep the soil of your pineapple sages moist. The plant will grow to be healthy if the soil is well-drained, fertile, and a pH level of 6.0 to 8.0.

To increase the fertility and quality of the soil, you can add composts too.

Organic homemade composts with aged banana peels, potato skins, garlic covers, ginger skins, etc., can be a great source.

4. Watering Correctly

Remember to keep your soil moist all the time; water your plants every once a week.

As wet as it should be, you should also formulate a sound drainage pathway system.

Correct watering (Source: Pexels.com)

Overwatering should be avoided entirely, which can lead the plants to wilt and become droopy.

However, on the contrary side, underwatering leads to dry soil leading the plant to curl and wilt its leaves. So, try to balance it.

During the winter season, if the soil stays moist for a more extended period and once the root system is properly developed, you can go up to watering your plant once every two weeks.

5. Pest Infestation

Try to keep away the uninvited guests like insects such as spider mites, mealybugs, aphids from the plant. These pest infestations lead to small silver spots on the leaves.

Furthermore, the condition could deteriorate to damaged and stippling leaves, discoloration (yellowing foliage), growth hindrances, and ultimately falling off the leaves.

Spider mites (Source: Pxfuel.com)

Spider mites infest highly during hot and dry seasons. Hence, drought is the leading cause.

You can spray them away with a soap mixture or just water spray. In severe cases, you can use natural predators like predatory mites or lacewings.

Also, remove the weeds growing around the plant, which attracts whiteflies or aphids.

6. Fertilizer Requirements

Keep your pineapple healthy and nutritious after propagating by maintaining them with extra care of fertilizers.

It could be organic with some natural composts collected from your kitchen like banana peels, potato skins, tea bags, ginger or garlic covers, etc.

However, the plant is not very fussy about fertilizers. You can therefore go easy on them.

Note that they are not fertilized during the winter seasons. So try to avoid this.

It is recommended to apply organic liquid fertilizer once a month, spread evenly in the plant.

Remember that pineapple sage plants thrive with an NPK value of 7-9-5. So try and get them what they love.

You can go with similar kinds of fertilizers on Amazon.

7. Pruning the Plant

Pinching off the leaves once throughout the year can let them multiply with other blooms are leaves. Prune leaves and branches that are damaged or dead (brown ones).

After the blooming period, trim them off, leaving few inches above the ground. Thus, pruning helps them to grow bushier next time.

Remember to use clean pruning materials and tools to avoid any diseases are pest transfers.

Conclusion

I love growing these pineapple sages in my garden. I take advantage of its herbal essence, fresh in the morning tea.

And so will you guys be able to grow them healthily and faster with the above techniques of dos and don’ts.

The above simple tips and tricks will take you a long way to propagate similar other plants too. If you are thinking of it then, you can check out these links too.

You could try them out on these plants if you got them in your houses, friends’, or families’ places!

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