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Culinary oregano is popular in a variety of cuisines, most notably Italian (who doesn’t love a little oregano on their pasta?), Mexican, and Spanish dishes. Oregano is unique because it is one of the few herbs that tastes better dried. Oregano has a strong, balsamic flavor that is both aromatic and delicious. It is a sturdy perennial herb with purplish or white flowers and has dark green leaves. Learning how to grow oregano is a great way to ensure you always have this spice on hand.
How to Plant Oregano
Use these tips to learn how to grow oregano: Oregano can be planted from seeds or cuttings. It prefers full sun and the stronger the sun, the stronger the flavor. For the best results, plant 6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. This way, when the plant is growing in full swing, it will be able to enjoy sunny and warm weather.
Since oregano is a hardy perennial, it can survive in a range of soil types as long as it is well-drained. Plant the seeds for cuttings 8 to 10 inches apart. If you are using seeds, place them 1.25 cm below the surface of the soil. Oregano will grow to about 1 to 2 feet high and will spread about 18 inches.
How to Fertilize Oregano
Oregano is a low maintenance plant that doesn’t require much water or fertilizer. Be sure to only water the oregano when the soil is dry; it does not thrive well in overly moist conditions. You don’t have to fertilize, especially if you prepped the soil with compost or other soil products. But if you choose to fertilize, do so minimally and sporadically.
How to Harvest Oregano
Now that you know how to grow oregano, it is important to learn how to harvest oregano so that you can properly maintain this medicinal plant. If you see flower buds start to poke out, pinch them off. They will reduce the flavor of the oregano. Begin to harvest when the plant is about 6 to 8 inches tall. Harvest often! This allows the plant to grow bushier and will continue new growth.
Oregano is just one of many great herbs to keep on hand, learn which other herbs and spices you should stock up on here.
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