How to Grow Summer Savory


Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) is an annual herb that has been used for centuries. It adds a light peppery taste to a variety of culinary dishes. The plant grows to just over 1 foot tall and has blue and white flowers. Summer savory is an easy-to-grow herb, but once it's established, it can't be transplanted. Start it from seed or sown it directly into the garden.

Step 1

Fill your seed tray with potting soil. Place seeds 1/8 inch into the soil, but do not cover. Because summer savory needs sunlight to germinate, place the tray in a greenhouse or a sunny window space. Water lightly, keeping the soil moist. Seeds should germinate in seven to 10 days.

Step 2

Add compost to the soil in the chosen garden location. Mix the compost thoroughly into the soil. Transplant 3-inch seedlings into small holes that are 1 foot apart. Lightly tamp the soil around the roots and water lightly.

Step 3

Lightly fertilize summer savory with a general fertilizer once per month. Harvest lightly six weeks after transplanting. You can harvest more four weeks later. Once summer savory flowers, it can be cut down and dried for winter usage.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed tray
  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Summer savory seeds
  • Fertilizer


  • Culinary Herb Guide
  • Green Chronicle
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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.