How to grow Zaatar

Zaatar grow and care – shrub of the genus Origanum and also known as Biblical-hyssop, Zaatar perennial evergreen plant and also used as fragrant plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 8-11.

Zaatar leaves

Leaves green the size 1-3 cm, there are to different growth of leaves winter and summer, the winter leaves smaller and thick.

Buds are edible in green or purple color, flower small white that grow on stalk in inflorescence.

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How to grow Zaatar growing and care:

Well drained soil

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

Recommended planting season?
Spring / in warm climate also all year, in desert winter-autum

Pests and diseases:
Leafhoppers, aphids

When is the best time to prune a Zaatar shrub?

How to prune:
Dead leaves and stems

Size of the plant?
0.3-1.6 m (1-5 feet) tall, wide 0.4-1.5 m

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun (in cold climate or )/ Half Shade / Full shade (in warm climate)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, but require light

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring – summer

General information about the flower
Small white or purple flower that grow on stalk in inflorescence, the buds can be green or purple

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning better for the growth of the leaves

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Zaatar?
Bending a branch over and covering it with earth

The best time for vegetative reproduction in Zaatar:
Spring / Autumn

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
2-5 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Zaatar?
Moist soil

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
In cold climate Spring / Summer / Autumn, in warm climate all year

How to harvest the leaves?
Better to cut the stems the after the plant established

Information about leaves:
Leaves ovate in green color the size 1-3 cm

Uses of Zaatar leaves:
Herbs, eaten raw, spices, spreads

Scientific name:

Origanum syriacum

How to grow Zaatar

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Zaatar plant care


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Spreads & Sauces
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
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
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9