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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 houseplant.

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 winter savory.


Plant Propagation:

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.


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