Oregano Plants

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Oregano plant, in a 3.5" pot

Oregano is an herb in the mint family. It’s native to the Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated for its culinary and medicinal uses. Oregano plants are small and bushy, and typically grow up to 1-2 feet tall. They have square stems and oval-shaped leaves that are dark green and slightly hairy. Oregano plants produce clusters of small, tubular flowers that are usually pink or purple in colour. Oreganos leaves have a strong, aromatic flavour with hints of mint and citrus. Oregano is often used to flavor tomato-based dishes, pizzas, pasta sauces, and grilled meats. It pairs well with other herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary.

Tips on how to grow Oregano:

1. Climate and Soil: Oregano thrives in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Your plants will want at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. Consider growing Oregano in containers that can be brought indoors during the winter months.

2. Planting: When planting Oregano, space the plants about 12-18 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Gently firm the soil around the plant and water thoroughly. If you’re planting in a pot, ensure that your pot has good drainage. 

3. Watering: Oregano plants prefer dry to moderately moist soil. Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as oregano is susceptible to root rot.

4. Fertilizing: Oregano plants do not require heavy fertilization. A light application of balanced organic fertilizer in the spring is usually sufficient. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive leaf growth and a weaker flavour.

5. Pruning: Pruning Oregano regularly helps to maintain its shape and encourages bushier growth. After the plant has finished flowering, trim back the stems by about one-third to promote new growth. You can also pinch back the tips of the stems throughout the growing season to encourage branching.

6. Harvesting: Oregano leaves can be harvested as needed once the plant is established. Harvest the leaves in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated. Cut the stems just above a leaf node and remove the leaves from the stems. You can use the leaves fresh or dry them for later use.