Sage tea in the first year is collected for above-ground mass in late August – early September. The stems are cut with a sickle or mechanized 10-15 cm from the soil and left to dry. The stems must be harvested in dry weather.
In the following years, the harvest is doubled during the growing season. The first harvest is for the leaves and is done during budding in June. During pruning, the leaves are separated from the stems. They are dried in the shade in dry and ventilated rooms, and the leaves are spread in a thinner layer. Drying the leaves in dryers is carried out at a temperature of 30-35 ° C. The second harvest is for above-ground mass and is carried out no later than September, because the obtained raw material is of lower quality.
When the goal is to obtain essential oil from the plant, the mowing of the stems is carried out in the phase of mass flowering.
The average yield per decare in the first year is 100-150 kg of dry aboveground mass (stems and leaves), in the second year -100 kg of dry leaves and 100 kg of dry aboveground mass per decare. From the third to the tenth year the yields are about 200 kg of dry leaves and 100 kg of dry aboveground mass per decare. Distillation yields 10-15 kg of essential oil per decare.