Grown oregano requires very little maintenance and is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Oregano grows very rapidly with little effort, so it’s perfect for gardeners who sometimes forget to water. Oregano can even kill germs, and is often used for livestock as well as for seasoning soup and stew. In salads and a number of Italian dishes, fresh oregano is an excellent accompaniment.
How to grow oregano
Herbs like oregano can grow in just about any environment because they are hardy. Oregano needs a sunny location and a good deal of heat to grow. Tomato and oregano make good companion plants because oregano thrives with tomatoes. Despite the Mediterranean preference, oregano is a very hardy plant and will grow almost anywhere. Oregano grows in windows that receive only partial sunlight. Despite the lack of light, oregano plants will grow smaller and will thrive all the same. Known for its flavor, oregano is one of the most popular herbs in kitchen gardens.
As oregano grows well in large containers, you need to leave plenty of room for it to grow. Two feet and 18 inches are the maximum dimensions of the oregano plant. These soil conditions are ideal for growing leafy greens, which is a great addition to garden beds. Plants that rely heavily on nutrients will benefit from oregano’s mineral-free nature since it will not siphon nutrients from the soil.
However, it requires adequate drainage to avoid becoming waterlogged at its roots, despite not producing high-quality soil. If you want to grow more flavorful oregano, skip adding fresh compost when planting unless you are pairing your oregano with heavy feeders that will absorb excess nutrients that would cause your plants to grow too quickly.
The seeds of oregano can be sown directly from seed six weeks before the first frost. In case they weren’t planted during the fall, now is the time to plant onions and late garlic. As soon as the soil warms up, early plantings will appear.
Winter or summer, perennial plants come back year after year. Every three to four years, oregano plants need to be replaced to maintain a superior flavor.
Growing oregano from seed
The herb oregano grows easily from seeds. When you start your oregano seeds indoors in a warm area, it will have an advantage over starting outdoors, where it will start growing much slower before the last frost. Seed starter mixes make it easy to plant oregano seeds. Using oregano without adding anything else is fine, since it doesn’t require much nutritional support to grow. Use a spray bottle to spray clean water onto the seeds to prevent them from drying out.
Plant oregano seeds in pods of one and thin to one plant when the true leaves have appeared. Once the soil has warmed, these can be planted. The best time to plant is right after the last frost. You should keep seeds at 70 degrees for a head start.
How to grow oregano in pots
Oregano is a great herb for the indoor garden of your kitchen. All that’s needed to grow oregano in a pot is a sunny window and regular watering. A LED grow light can be added to your potted oregano if it is not growing as well as you’d like. You will not have to disturb or dig up oregano as you would with a companion plant in the garden if you are growing it as a pet plant.
There is no need to worry about growing oregano since it takes over a space easily. You should provide your oregano with a pot that is 12 inches or larger in order for it to reach its full potential. In time, that extra space will be filled in quickly as your plant grows and the pot will overflow. When an oregano plant is potted in a healthy manner, it makes a stunning house plant.
In your kitchen, you can pinch off leaves of the oregano plant once it has established itself. When you pinch off pieces, your oregano plant becomes even more active, resulting in a fuller plant. Plants should never be harvested more than 1/3 of the way. You need to do this during the early stages of your plants’ lives when they are small and vulnerable.
Once the plant has reached full size, you can harvest more for preserving. You can avoid issues with over-harvesting by following the 1/3 rule when hosting. It is ideal to harvest oregano before the flowering stage if you want the best flavor. Your favorite summer salad can be made with fresh oregano flowers and leaves.
In order to dry oregano, bundles of the stems should be hung in a dark, cool place until they are completely dry. Alternatively, you can place leaves in a food dehydrator to dry for storage.
Mixing oregano in butter is an excellent method to flavor foods when frozen. The butter needs to be softened before adding the oregano.
When combined with olive oil, oregano adds tremendous flavor. Keep the olive oil in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks to allow the oregano leaves to infuse.