Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Oregano Plants
Crush or chop oregano leaves by hand before adding them to a dish in order to release the flavorful essential oils contained within. For cooked dishes, it’s best to add oregano leaves at the end of cooking process or they won’t hold up well.
I planted Oregano spring of 2019. It was a wonderful healthy plant which gave me an abundance of oregano to dry, bag and freeze. I share it with my relatives, which makes all of us happy. It overwintered nicely because we had a mild winter. So this year, about the end of June, I decided to let half my plant bolt and go to seed. 1) It is so beautiful with the abundance of tiny white flowers, which keep coming and coming. More importantly, 2) the bees love it. I can tell you about 40 bees are on that oregano plant from the instant it gets warm enough for them until its time for them to "hole up" every single day. I never realized what a great pollinator plant Oregano was. I will be harvesting seeds and putting them in my wildflower/pollinator garden. BTW, I am zone 6 in Idaho.
My oregano lives in the waterand was doing okay. But for some reason I noticed that the new sprouted leaves are light green in color. Its winter and i place it beside my window.
I do not understand the difference between Greek Oregano and the decoration one. How do you tell the difference? Are there pictures of them? The one I have looks like the picture above. Thanks in advance.
Greek oregano is one of the most common types used in cooking. Its botanical name is: Origanum vulgare var. hirtum. There are lots of other oreganos within the same genus Origanum, as well as some that are in different genera and not true oreganos, such as Cuban oregano (Pectranthus amboinicus). Within the Origanum genus, there are several that are used just for ornamental value, and do not have as good or as intense a flavor; most are not used in cooking. For example, Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’, O. ‘Amethyst Falls’, O. ‘Rosenkuppel’, O. vulgare ‘Aureum’, or O. libanoticum. These are valued for their showier flowers/bracts, or colorful or curly leaves. Some types may have pink or purple flowers and purple, yellow, or bluish leaves. Origanum vulgare, the straight species of common oregano (also called wild marjoram), can be invasive and doesn’t have as much flavor; its flower is pink or purplish. It has several subspecies/varieties, one of which is Greek oregano. Greek oregano is a bit more compact, has a more intense flavor, and its flower is white; when the leaves are rubbed, they emit a strong scent. Greek oregano is not as attractive ornamentally as some species/varieties grown specifically for that purpose. Some oreganos will look very similar. Although sometimes plants are mislabeled (several types of oregano are sometimes sold as “Greek” oregano), it always helps to look at a label (if provided) to know which specific plant you are likely purchasing—especially check the botanical name, since common names sometimes are used for different plants. Hope this helps!
When does oregano bloom? I planted two of them in pots last spring and they are now huge and really need pruning. In some of the comments, it is suggested that they be pruned just before blooming. So, I would like to wait until they get buds, but don’t want to wait too long or they will be two feet high. Thanks for any advice.
Oregano blooms in mid- to late summer. Prune them in the spring and they will put out new growth for the summer!
I may have over-watered my plant but I don't know for sure. Is my oregano plant gone for good or will it grow back?
I had left the Oregano in pots and dried out in the greenhouse, without heat, all winter. Will it still come back? I am needing more greenhouse space, but don't want to kill them if there is a chance. Some of the flower bulbs and rhubarb that I left out in the same way are coming back but I don't see any progress on the oregano. I sell market plants, vegetables and canned goods and was experimenting with Oregano (from seed) last year for my tomato sauces. I cannot put perennials in the ground right now, as I may be moving one of these years.
How long are the roots after one or two weeks from the time I stem-cut them? Is there an specific measure I should expect?