How to Grow Savory Herb Plants
Annual, Perennial, Satueja Montana
While not as common in the home herb garden, Savory herb plants are a welcome
addition. Native to southern Europe, this herb is a member of the mint plant
family. They are best known as a culinary herb. The plant is good looking,
and produces an attractive flower.
Growing Savory is easy. You will find them in a herb garden, a flower bed,
or grown in containers, indoor or out. Try growing Savory as an indoor
Savory also has medicinal applications.
Types of Savory
Winter Savory - This plant is a perennial. It has a stronger flavor
and makes a pretty landscaping plant. Winter Savory grows 6 - 10 inches high
and spreads out up to 2 feet. Flower colors include lavender, pink and white.
This type is often grown indoors in containers during winter months.
Summer Savory - Summer Savory is an annual. It grows a little
taller, un upright stems, producing lilac flowers. The flavor is milder than
Savory plants are grown from seed. Directly sow seeds into your garden. Sow
seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil.
Space seedlings, or thin plants to 16-18" apart.
Days to germination: 7-10
Plant Height: 12 inches
How to Grow Summer and Winter Savory Plants:
Savory is easy to grow. They prefer full sun and hot climates. They grow
well in average soils, but prefer them to be well drained.
Water them during dry periods and droughts, once a week. Add a general purpose
fertilizer once or twice a season.
Harvest leaves after the plant is several inches tall. Do not over harvest
perennial winter savory. At the end of the season, Summer varieties can be
harvested by pulling and drying the entire plant.
Main Cooking Uses:
As a culinary herb, savory is used with chicken and turkey stuffing, in
sausages and salami and egg dishes.
Savory Herb's Medicinal Benefits:
Savory herb plants have been used for a wide variety of digestive system
applications, including colic and flatulance. It is also used for diarrhea,
nausea, sore throats, and menstrual disorders. A sprig of the plant can bring
fast relief for bee stings.
How to Dry Herbs