A lemon-scented version of winter savory with a pleasant lemon fragrance and flavor. Harvest before it puts out its pinkish-white flowers in mid to late summer. Use Lemon Savory fresh or dry for storage. Grows to 9-12”.
Satureja montana var. citriodora
Perennial, zone 5-8
Germination: 14-30 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF.
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface and press into soil
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, space 8-12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Germination is most successful when started indoors.
Growth Habit: Mounding
Height and Width: 9-12” x 10-12”
Spacing: 8-12" apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Lemon Savory needs dry, sandy, well-drained soil
Approximate days to flower from seed: 90-100 days
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, ornamental, attracts bees and beneficals
Harvest: Start snipping leaves when the plant reaches 6”. Snip the tips without cutting back all way to the ground. This helps promote more growth. Dry by bundling stems and hanging in a warm, dark well-ventilated area or using a dehydrator