How to grow Oregano plant

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,

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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

Planting season:
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:
Leafhoppers, aphids

Pruning season:
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:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
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

Blooming information

Bloom season:
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:
Bees, flies

Vegetative Reproduction

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:
2-5 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Bending the branch sometime recommend to break the branch little bit, moist soil

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

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

Sowing requirement:
Better to sow in 20-26C (68-79F) and possible indoor

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location

Sowing season:
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

Planting spacing:
4*5 cm, (1.4*2 inches) when transplant it to bigger pots in the 10 leaves

Depth of Sowing:

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water (do not overwater)

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Lightly moist soil with medium humidity

Scientific name:

Origanum vulgare

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Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Bud
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Spreads & Sauces
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • Gray leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Fragrance
  • Medical uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9