Botanical Name: Satureja hortensis
Native: Turkey and Europe
Plant Dimensions: 12″–18″ tall, 6″–12″ wide
Variety Information: Highly aromatic 1″ long, slender leaves on fine, hairy stems. White to lavender flowers appear from midsummer to fall. Leaves turn purplish in late summer.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature is 75°–85°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6″–12″
Row Spacing: 18″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 6″–12″
Harvesting: Snip fresh sprigs as needed, harvesting up to 1/3 of the plant at a time, leaving 2/3 of the plant for fast regrowth. Flavor is the best prior to flowering; snip tops as flower buds appear if desired.