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About This Plant...
Genus and species:Satureja hortensis
Height and width:12-18 inches high; 10-14 inches wide
Location and soil:sun; tolerates poor soil; will grow indoors
Uses:dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; bean, meat, fish, and egg recipes
Propagation methods:seeds and cuttings
Time needed to reach transplant size:4-6 weeks
When to transplant to garden:after last spring frost
When to sow outdoors:after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time:10-15 days
Germination temp.:70 degrees F.
Days to maturity:60 days
Spacing between plants:18 inches
Spacing between rows:18 inches
Harvest:pick fresh leaves as needed; for drying, cut branches before plant flowers, bunch them together, and hang them upside down in a warm, airy place, then remove leaves and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips:light promotes germination, which is often erratic