Oregano plants are very popular in the culinary world. Oregano oil is found in its natural state in most parts of the globe, although there are specific regions where its use is banned, such as some regions in Italy.
Oregano, sometimes called sweet marjoram, is a flower-like perennial plant in the family of mint. It is native only to temperate Eastern and Southwestern Europe and the Middle East. It can grow up to seven feet tall and up to four feet wide. Its flat oval shape makes it easy to recognize.
Oregano has a pungent aroma, which is characteristic of many varieties of the plant. It is used in salads, in cooking, as an additive in food preparations, in seasoning, and in aromatherapy for this reason.
Oregano leaves and stems can be either dried or fresh. The leaves and stems can be added directly to dishes as well as being used in cooking. Some of the uses of this plant are in soups, sauces, condiments, and salad dressings. It is also used in spice mixes and as a flavor additive in foods that would not normally have a lot of the plant’s flavor.
The oregano plant is commonly found in Italy and in other areas of Europe. In Italy, it is widely used in salads, and bread as well as in other dishes. It can also be used in baking as a substitute for oregano in bread recipes. It can be used as a natural pesticide in making garden plants more resistant to pests.
The oregano plant is often harvested for its leafy stems and leaves. When cut, the stems turn purple and the leaves turn yellow. It can be easily harvested from the plant and dried. The oil is extracted and then it is added to various culinary preparations including pasta, pizzas, and salads.
Oregano has a very strong flavor. If the plant is not properly processed, it has a bitter taste which makes the plant unsuitable for some people. The seeds and leaf fragments are bitter when ground and the flavor are also not very pleasant. If you decide to use it as a spice in cooking, make sure you get the whole leaves. Because some people find that the bitter taste of the leaves has an aftertaste.
Oregano is a perennial herb that is easy to care for and is perfect to grow indoors or outdoors. This plant makes an excellent companion plant. It grows well with any plant, especially vegetables, and repels pests from Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, beans, and broccoli.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Grow Oregano Plant
- 2 Harvesting Oregano Herb
- 3 Recommended Products
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions?
How to Grow Oregano Plant
Oregano is a delicious herb that is very easy to grow. The three most common ways to grow oregano is seedlings, seeds, cuttings or by purchasing starter plants from a nursery.
If you decide to use seeds? I would recommend starting them indoors. Starting your seeds in a seed starter tray is best. Oregano seeds feel and look like dust, so make sure not to mishandle and damage them.
For the next step, you want to get your seed starter tray ready with some sterilized seed starter mix. Once that’s done, you then want to sprinkle the seeds evenly onto the soil without burying them completely.
Have a spray bottle nearby with water, and mist them after you’re done. Never overwater the seeds. Now cover your seed starter tray and place the tray in a sunny area of your home, such as your windowsill to germinate. The seeds will take a week or more to germinate.
When your oregano plants reach about 6-7 inches or 18 cm tall, you will want to separate the plants to 12″ apart, so that the roots can expand further.
Once the risk of frost has subsided you will want to transplant the plants outdoors, preferably in your garden or in planters. Oregano herb plant needs soil that is well-drained. Find an area or spot that receives at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight a day.
These plants do not need much care and do really well without fertilizer. One tip that is widely used, is to pinch flower buds as they bloom. This helps the plant achieve full flavor. Oregano seed itself, so the plant will grow back easily.
Harvesting Oregano Herb
The oregano plant is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine. You can start to harvest oregano once the plant has reached over 6 inches (15cm) in height, and in the morning is best. They must be allowed to dry in a dark well-ventilated area.
Once you see that it fully dry you can then transfer them to jars or containers. Make sure they are airtight. You can also freeze the leaves if you wish. If you do so, use freezer bags.
If you’re growing your plants in pots or planters, remember to bring them indoors once the weather starts to get cooler.
There you have it, everything you need to know to grow your own oregano at home. So no more excuses, plant some oregano in your garden this season.
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For a good quality soil, use the FoxFarm soil. I find the price is excellent and this soil provides your plants with the nutrients they need.
For people with minimal space in their home or apartment I would recommend the Saratoga Home Herb Pots with Tray Set.
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Frequently Asked Questions?
Is oregano easy to grow?
Oregano is a herb that is very easy to grow. Most people start from seeds, seedlings, or cuttings from a fully grown plant. Oregano prefers well-drained soil. It is not uncommon for this plant to reach up to 2 feet in height and 2 feet wide.
How long does it take for oregano to grow?
Oregano takes about 15 days to germinate from seed. The best temperature for this plant to germinate is approximately 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Does oregano need full sun?
Oregano is the type of plant that needs some nice heat and sun for it to grow. This plant does pretty well in partial sun (4-6 hours a day). This plant also does well in full sun. The taste of oregano gets stronger the more daylight it receives.
If you’re growing this plant indoors, it’s best to find a warm spot close to a window that allows 4-6 hours of sunlight a day. Never put it to close to a window in case of a cold draft and also keep it away from air or heat vents.
What can I plant next to oregano?
Oregano can be planted with thyme, marjoram, rosemary, sage, and basil. It is an excellent companion to any vegetable plant. It also helps repels pests from Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, beans and broccoli, and even asparagus.
Should I let oregano flower?
It is best to pick oregano before it flowers because it has a better taste. The oregano plant likes to bolt quickly if it gets a lot of sunshine. To prevent this from happening it is recommended to pinch the flowers. It will also keep the plant nice and bushy.
How do you trim oregano so it keeps growing?
When the oregano plant grows to about 4-6 inches (15 cm) in height you want to trim some leaves to promote more growth. Doing this will make your plant become busy and less leggy.
Why is my oregano dying?
Oregano is a herb that is resistant to diseases and pests. So if you find your plant is wilting, and the leaves are changing colors and it’s dying, it’s usually a problem with the soil used. It is important that the soil is well-draining to prevent root rot.
When should I dry oregano?
With scissors cut the stems off, being careful not to cut past the node. Wash the cut stems. Bundle the stems all together and find a nice area indoor or outdoor in a shed or garage where they can dry out in the dark dry area. Oregano should take about a week to completely dry. When the leaves look crisp it’s ready to put into bags or jars.
So in this article, we have covered the easiest methods of growing, caring, harvesting and storing your own oregano. Hope you enjoyed this oregano grow guide. Make sure to check out our herb blogs below.