Oregano is a low maintenance perennial herb, but grown as annual in colder climate, sometimes also referred as wild marjoram. It is a hardy plant that can also be grown as a ground cover crop. It is grown for its aromatic leaves which can be used either fresh or dried. If you happen to bump against the plants you could smell the fragrance. Botanical name of oregano is Origanum vulgare. Lets dive into the details.
Oregano loves the sun, so ensure that your plants have access to full sun. The flavor of leaves depends on the weather, soil, sunlight etc. Plant the seeds or cuttings about 6 weeks before the last frost. Oregano can also be grown in container as well. New plant divisions can also be made from mature plants.
Transplant the plants outside once the weather is warm above 70°F (21°C). The indoor plants can also be brought outside on the patio to enjoy throughout summer.
Oregano performs well in full sun. Oregano will grow well indoors year around, especially during winter if the plant receives enough heat and sun. Divide the plants in late spring if you want to put one indoors. The blooms of oregano looks pretty in pink and white. The bees love the flower. The flowers can also be brought inside to decorate the vase. These drought tolerant plants need watering only during dry periods. Oregano as a hardy plant can typically take care of themselves without any heavy fertilizing.
Harvest the leaves along with the stem(as a method of pruning the plant and to keep it in control) as you need them. The leaves have much flavor right before the flowers bloom. Oregano leaves can be easily dried and stores well. Dried leaves can be stored in an airtight container.
Oregano is a culinary herb, used for the flavor of its leaves, which can be more flavorful when dried than fresh. It has an aromatic, warm, earthy note. This spice is used in salads, soups and meats.
Tips: The growth and propagation of plants are similar to growing your own mint herbs. They grow and spread faster like mint. To keep the plants in check plant them in container, if you don’t want your yard to be overtaken by this plant. This also allows you to overwinter the plants during the colder months. There are different types of oregano plants and the fun part is each has its own unique flavor.
Here are some images from my indoor Oregano growing experience.
What is your favorite Oregano growing experience? Let me know in the comments.