Satureja can be grown as either an annual or a perennial. This section is dedicated to the perennial variety; information on how to grow annual Satureja (known as summer savory).
Winter Savoury looks similar to annual savory, carrying oblong leaves and small double lipped tubular flowers of purple or white.
Perennial Savoury reaches from 15 to 90 cm (6 to 36 inches) in height. It is usually known by the more common name of Winter Savoury.
It is easiest to grow winter savoury (Perennial Satureja plants)from divided plants.
If planning to grow from seed, then sow on the soil surface towards the end of spring.
The savoury plants should be grown in a sunny part of the garden that has good drainage. Try to use an ordinary soil that is close to a neutral pH.
Ideally the Winter Savoury plants should be grown about 25 to 30 cm apart (10 to 12 inches).
You can start off the savoury plants indoors, do so about 7 to 8 weeks before they are due to be transplanted outdoors in late spring.
It should take about three weeks for winter savoury to germinate, do so at a temperature of 15 to 20 degrees centigrade (59 to 68°F).
Once growing, it is easy to look after perennial Satureja species such as winter savoury.
Water when the soil becomes dry. The tips of young plants should be pinched back to encourage bushiness. Dead wood should be removed.
It is best to divide the plants every three years or so to encourage vigor. If you require more plants then divide in spring or autumn, alternatively winter Savoury can be propagated by taking stem cuttings in the spring-time.
The Satureja genus consists of about 30 species, often known as savory.
Satureja plants are great in gardens, especially kitchen or herb gardens, due to their aromatic leaves and culinary uses.
Satureja hortensis (Summer Savory) and Satureja montana (Winter Savory) are frequently grown by gardeners for their aromatic leaves.
Yes, Satureja plants are fragrant, with a spicy scent that can vary depending on the species.
Satureja thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It's also tolerant of poor soils and dry conditions, making it a versatile plant.
Currently, Satureja is not listed as invasive in the USA. Always check local regulations for the most accurate information.
Removing Satureja is straightforward. Just pull out the entire plant, making sure to include the root system to prevent regrowth.
The Satureja genus, often referred to as savory, includes annual and perennial herbs native to warm temperate regions of the world. They are prized for their aromatic leaves, which are often used as a culinary herb.
Grow Satureja from seeds, cuttings, or divisions, ideally in spring. They thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Regular watering is required, particularly during dry periods, and deadheading can help to encourage a longer blooming and growing period.