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SUMMER SAVORY


  How To Grow Summer Savory


PLANT TYPE: Annual
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Satureja hortensis
ZONE / HARDINESS: Annual - not applicable
MATURE PLANT SIZE: 12 to 18 inches high x 10 to 14 inches wide
LIGHT: Full Sun
FLOWERING PERIOD: July to September
SOIL TYPE: Average soil
pH RANGE: 6.8
KNOWN PESTS: N/A
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A


OVERVIEW:

Summer savory is a tender annual that grows up to 18 inches tall. It has small bronze-green leaves and very small white or lavender flowers. The leaves are pungent and spicy.

Summer savory is popular as a condiment with meats and vegetables and is generally considered sweeter than winter savory.

Sow seeds directly into the ground 1/8 inch deep or just scatter on top of the soil. Prefers full sun and average soil. Thin to 10 inches apart in rows 16-18 inches apart. Successive sowings may be made in the spring until mid-summer. Summer savory germinates quickly, and often self-seeds. Does not transplant well. Cut as soon as the plants get about 6 inches tall and before flowering. Hang in bundles upside down in an airy place. When dry, remove leaves from the stems. Store in airtight containers.


PROPAGATION / SOWING:

Seeds or cuttings. Sow seeds directly into the ground 1/8 inch deep or just scatter on top of the soil.


COMPANION PLANTING:

Summer savory helps beans grow better. It also helps onions grow when planted in a border around them.


CARE & GROWING:

Use fresh seeds to start summer savory as seed viability decreases after one year. Sow seeds directly into the ground or in flats no more than 1/8 inch deep or just scattered on top of the soil. Space or thin to 10 inches apart. Successive sowings may be made in spring until mid-summer. If plants start to lean over, mound soil up around the base.


HARVESTING:

Cut as soon as the plants get about 6 inches tall and before flowering. Hang in bundles upside down in an airy place. When dry, remove leaves from the stems. Store in airtight containers.


USAGE:

Aromatic, culinary, decorative, and medicinal.Dried plants are used to scent potpourris. Fresh or dried leaves flavor vinegars, herb butters, bean dishes, creamy soups, and tea. Summer savory can be grown in containers. It is said to have some medicinal qualities.












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Summer savory dislikes being transplanted. Sow seed carefully: just place it on the surface of the soil, then gently sift a trace of soil over to just cover.






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