Oregano is a perennial herb with purple or white flowers and is an ultimate staple in Italian cuisine. Sprinkle oregano on meats, soups, pizzas, and pasta sauces for super flavorful dishes. Today we'll show you how to grow oregano from seeds! You can grow oregano either in your garden or in a pot or container on your windowsill. Learn how to grow oregano, care for it, and harvest it right here!
How to Grow Oregano
- Oregano loves the sun – the more sun it receives, the stronger the flavor. Place your oregano plant in a spot where it will get at least 6 hours of sun.
- Plant oregano seeds or cuts 6-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
- Plant the seeds or cuttings in well drained soil once the temperature of the soil is at least 70F.
- Space the oregano plants 8-10 inches apart. Each plant should grow to about 1-2 feet in length and spread out to about 18 inches.
Caring for Oregano:
- Allow your oregano plant to grow to 4 inches and then thin or pinch off to encourage a denser plant.
- Regular trimming of your oregano plant is very important, as it will grow faster and bushier.
- Water only when the soil feels dry – oregano doesn't require as much water as other herbs do.
- Thin out the plants that are 3 or 4 years old in the early spring. Oregano is self seeding, therefore the plants will grow back easily without you having to do anything!
- You can harvest oregano once the leaves are big enough. The most flavorful oregano leaves are the ones right before the flowers start to bloom.
- You can easily store the oregano leaves and dry them.