Oregano plant grow and care – shrub of the genus Origanum and also known as Wild marjoram, Oregano plant perennial evergreen but in cold climate grow as annual, used for the edible leaves, the leaves fragrant, ornamental, groundcover plant and colored leaves, grow in mediterranean, temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-11.
Oregano plant leaves
Leaves color mostly green but can be variegate green with gray or yellow, leaves hairy the size 1-3 cm, there are to different growth of leaves winter and summer, the summer leaves smaller and thick.
Buds edible in green color, Flower small purple that grow on stalk in inflorescence,
Oregano plant for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy
How to grow Oregano plant – growing conditions and care:
Well drain soil, dry and warm climate
How to care:
Usually the plants not require a lot but, to pull the weeds, the plants are not good in competition and better to reduce and better to bending big stem on the soil and cover in this way the plant will grow new roots
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to grow
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to moist, and water on the leaves
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 5-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b-11 possible all the year but better not in the summer
How to plant:
Dig hole bigger than the plant put some organic matter and mix it with the soil, if the plants have stems that can be bending and cover the plant with soil.
Pests and diseases:
Autumn to winter and flowers better to cut blooming stems in the summer
How to prune:
Dead leaves and stems
Size of the plant?
20-60 cm, 8-24 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a pot planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, well drained and ventilated soil, better to start with small pot but pots need to be bigger than the roots ball 200%-400%, when the roots over grow the container need to increase the size of the container and when arrive to the desirable size, need to switch the soil every 2 years and when the roots over grow need to prune the roots and the leaves and let it regrow
Summer and rarely autumn
General information about the flower
Small purple flower that grow on stalk in inflorescence
Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning better for the growth of the leaves
Pollination is done by:
Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting, bending a branch over and covering it with earth
Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Autumn in warmer climate
Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Bending the branch sometime recommend to break the branch little bit, moist soil
Leaves harvesting season:
How to harvest the leaves?
Better to cut the stems the after the plant established
Information about leaves:
hairy green gray leaves size 1-3 cm. There are to different growth of leaves winter and summer, the winter leaves smaller and thick
Uses of Oregano plant leaves:
Herbs, eaten raw, spices, spreads
How to dry oregano:
Better to dry in sun, but possible to dryer machine for food
How to grow Oregano plant from seeds
Better to sow in 20-26C (68-79F) and possible indoor
Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location
Spring after the last frost to summer in hardiness zone 5-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b
4*5 cm, (1.4*2 inches) when transplant it to bigger pots in the 10 leaves
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water (do not overwater)
Condition of seedling:
Lightly moist soil with medium humidity