Oregano is a Mediterranean herb plant that can be grown year round in warm climates. It taste amazing in pizza, spaghetti, salads and a wide variety of other dishes. Below is the growing and care information for Oregano.
Sun – Oregano loves sun and prefer to be in full sun all day. If you live in a hot climate the plant will need partial shade during the heat of the to protect its leaves.
Soil – This plant prefers sandy loams that.
Spacing – Space each plant 8 to 10 inches part to give them room to spread out and also good air flow.
Water – As a Mediterranean plant they don’t like a lot of water and prefer their roots to dry out completely before being watered again. An inch of water a week is prefect for Oregano.
Food – Oregano doesn’t need much fertilizer so it only needs to be fertilized one a year. It is best to fertilize them in the summer when they are at the peak of their growing season.
Annual or Perennial – This herb is perennial that will continue to grow for 6 years if it is well maintained.
Climate/Hardiness – In warmer climates with mild winters that don’t frost or snow oregano is considered a cold hard plant. If you live in a place that has frost and snow you will need to bring the plant inside or cover it with a hotbox for the winter.
Harvest – Oregano can be harvest slowly over time by snipping the top four inches of the plant off once it has matured. It is recommended to always do a big harvest right before it blooms to prevent the herb from changing flavor.
Transplant – Oregano is a very easy plant to transplant as it grows new roots from its steams which is how it also spreads out. Instead of ripping up the whole bush you could simply cut off a whole steam and propagate it in some water and plant a new oregano plant.
Tip – Oregano flowers taste like time. If you live in a cold winter climate you can grow your oregano to full maturity instead of trying to save it from the frost. You will get lovely pink blooms that can also be used in cooking and have a magnificent flavor. They attract butterflies and also taste good in tea.