How to Plant Oregano Seeds

fresh Oregano herb grown from seeds

Growing oregano is easy but it does need to be taken care of. It is one of the easiest herbs to grow and for it to grow well, the soil must be moist, its leaves must not be wet when you harvest them, and you should never plant it near a tomato plant. Oregano is the perfect herb for urban gardeners who do not have a lot of space at their disposal.

How to plant oregano seeds

Planting oregano seeds can be done by using a few different methods.

The first method is to plant the oregano seeds in the ground. This can be done by sprinkling the seeds over the soil and then lightly covering it with about an inch of soil. The second method is to grow them in a pot. You will need to provide sufficient nutrients and water for this plan to work, but it will be less time-consuming than if you were trying to grow them outdoors.

A third option is for you to plant them in water or some type of nutrient-rich solution such as peat moss or vermiculite. 

How to grow oregano

Oregano should be planted in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.

Once it is established, oregano can tolerate some shade.

Water oregano deeply once or twice a week and fertilize every 2 weeks during the growing season.

Harvest by cutting stems when they are about 4 inches long in mid-to-late summer; cut them again in fall after the first frost

How to grow oregano from cuttings

Growing oregano from cuttings is a very easy process that can be done in a few simple steps.

First, gather fresh oregano leaves and place them in a glass of water to release the natural oils. It is best to start with a batch of 10 to 12 cuttings that are at least 2 inches long. Wait about an hour then take the leaves and tear them into small pieces.

Next, place two-three of these torn leaves at the bottom of your potting soil and cover them with more potting soil to maintain moisture. Put this pot in a well-lit area with indirect sunlight for about two weeks before moving it to its final location.

Some good tips for getting better results from your oregano cuttings would be to use organic potting soil, fertilize once or twice during the growing period.

How to harvest oregano so it keeps growing

Oregano is a perennial herb that has a long lifespan. The reason it has such a long lifespan is because of its ability to propagate new stems and leaves when roots are cut. We recommend harvesting oregano in early to mid-spring before it starts flowering because you can get more leaves during this time, and it minimizes the risk of flowering buds being harvested.

Harvesting oregano is not a difficult task. All you need to do is cut off the leaves and then harvest the oregano plant.

The best way that I know of to harvest oregano is to cut off the leaves, about six inches below the soil line. Be sure not to dig up any roots when cutting the leaves. Next, use a garden fork or trowel to lift out chunks of soil from around roots and shake them free from dirt.

It is important that you do not extract too many leaves at once because it will take a while for oregano plants to regrow if you do this. One good way to avoid extracting too many leaves at once is by harvesting in only one quadrant of your garden bed at a time. To keep your oregano growing, it is best to always leave one or two leaves on the plant to help it regrow after being harvested.


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