Winter Savory

SKU: HR1138
This little known herb resembles its summer cousin but is a perennial with thicker leaves that are sturdier and stronger flavoured. The little bush will grow in alkaline soil. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

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More details about Winter Savory

S. montana. This little known herb resembles its summer cousin but is a perennial with thicker leaves that are sturdier and stronger flavoured. The little bush will grow in alkaline soil. Plant Winter Savory seeds for a lovely aromatic edging for the herb garden. Winter savory goes dormant in winter, but don't be tempted to cut back the bare stems and branches. In early spring a fresh batch of leaves will emerge over the whole plant all at once. This herb has a strong, herbaceous aroma when crushed, and it matches particularly well with mushrooms and in potato salad. Try a small amounts sprinkled into salads. Winter savory seeds can be planted as a companion plant to beans in order to repel weevils. It is also grown near to roses to repel aphids.

Quick Facts:

    • Resembles its summer cousin
    • Perennial
    • Sturdier and stronger flavoured
    • Lovely aromatic edging for the herb garden
    • Thicker leaves

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All About Winter Savory

Latin

Latin
Summer savory: Satureja hortensis & Winter savory: Satureja montana
Family: Lamiaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Summer savory: Grow as an annual. Winter savory is hardy to Zone 5.

Timing

Timing
Sow the very tiny seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before the last frost. They should sprout in 10-15 days.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds on the surface of prepared starting mix. Do not bury them as they need light to germinate. Don’t bother using bottom heat, as the seeds will sprout well without it. When seedlings are large enough to handle, delicately pot them on or transplant out to the herb garden once all risk of frost is past. Both varieties benefit from careful hardening off to reduce transplant shock.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
This herb attracts honeybees, and repels cabbage moths. Planting it near beans and onions will improve the flavour of both.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Savory

Step 1: Timing

Sow the very tiny seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before the last frost. They should sprout in 10-15 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds on the surface of prepared starting mix. Do not bury them as they need light to germinate. Don’t bother using bottom heat, as the seeds will sprout well without it. When seedlings are large enough to handle, delicately pot them on or transplant out to the herb garden once all risk of frost is past. Both varieties benefit from careful hardening off to reduce transplant shock.

Tip!

Companion Planting: This herb attracts honeybees, and repels cabbage moths. Planting it near beans and onions will improve the flavour of both.

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