How to Grow Savory – A Beginner’s Guide

savory plant growing in garden
Savory, which are known botanically as Satureja spp., are a type of herb that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing savory as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Savory

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the savory seeds directly outdoors in spring or early summer. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when savory are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Savory the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing savory in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your savory grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained and fertile, with added organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 6.5 to 7.5.

1/4″ deep, 6″ apart in rows 18″ apart. 1/4″ deep, 6″ apart in rows 18″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 6-12″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your savory seedlings 12-18″ apart when seedlings are 2-3″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Savory

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your savory. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your savory should be getting full sun

How Much to Water Savory

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your savory do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your savory begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Savory to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your savory grow.

It takes approximately 7-14 days to germinate, and a total of 60-70 days (summer savory), 90-110 days (winter savory) from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Savory

The best time to harvest your savory is when the plant starts to flower.

Savory can grow up to about 12-18″ tall (summer savory), 15-30″ tall (winter savory).

What Can Savory Be Used For?

Food Use: great for seasoning meats, sauces, and salads.

Flavor Profile: warm, peppery, and slightly bitter.

Can Savory Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you can plant 1 plant per 8-12″ container. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your savory around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Savory Safe for Bees?

Yes, savory are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing savory is bee-friendly.

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