Summer Savory Growing Guide

Satureja hortensis

Summer Savory

Crop Rotation Group



Well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost. Summer savory adapts well to slightly alkaline soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant



Drench with a liquid organic fertilizer when plants show rapid growth in early summer.


Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start tiny savory seeds indoors in early spring, and expect seeds to germinate within three weeks. Grow under strong supplemental light, and set plants out after the soil warms in spring. Or, buy plants at a local garden center, and set out in spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Group several plants together to take advantage of summer savory’s fine texture. In full bloom, the slightly wiry plants stand about 18 inches (46 cm) tall.


With flavor resembling mild oregano, summer savory is a welcome fresh herb for the summer table. Harvest leaf tips in early summer for fresh eating and drying, because the flavor is at its peak before the plants bloom, when they are about 10 inches (25 cm) tall. Flower-laden summer savory tastes a bit spicier, and the little pink or white flowers attract numerous small bees and other beneficial insects. When plants die back in late summer, dry some branches in a paper bag and collect seeds to replant next year.


Summer savory needs good air circulation, so avoid crowding it with more exuberant neighbors.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Summer Savory