How to Grow Winter Savory – A Beginner’s Guide

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

Best Time to Plant Winter Savory

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the winter 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 winter 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 Winter Savory the Right Way

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

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your winter 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.

1/8″ deep, 12″ apart in rows 18″ apart. 1/8″ deep, 12″ 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 winter savory seedlings 12-18″ apart when seedlings are 2-3″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Winter Savory

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

Ideally, your winter savory should be getting full sun

How Much to Water Winter Savory

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your winter 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 winter 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 Winter Savory to Germinate and Grow?

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

It takes approximately 14-21 days to germinate, and a total of n/a (perennial, harvest leaves as needed) from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Winter Savory

The best time to harvest your winter savory is when leaves are large enough to use, before the plant flowers.

Winter savory can grow up to about 12-18″ tall.

What Can Winter Savory Be Used For?

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

Flavor Profile: stronger, more pungent and aromatic than summer savory.

Can Winter Savory Grow in Pots and Containers?

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

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

Are Winter Savory Safe for Bees?

Yes, winter 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 winter savory is bee-friendly.

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