OreganoOregano seeds grow on the sunny slopes of the Mediterranean and are often used in the cuisine of this region. The name comes from the Greek word for "joy of the mountains". Mythology says that the Greek goddess of love gave a man Oregano to bring him joy. Since then, Oregano has been associated with pleasure. This plant has long been used both in cooking and for medicinal purposes. People chewed fresh leaves to relieve toothache, indigestion, or a lingering cough. Modern scientific research has shown that oregano oil has antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiviral effects when applied topically and internally.
How to grow Oregano from seeds:Sowing: Oregano seeds should be planted indoors two months before the last spring frost, sowing just below the soil surface. Give them a minimum of six hours of sunlight, moist soil, and a constant temperature of 65-70 degrees F. Repot them when they reach large or after the last chance of frost. Oregano grows well in dry soil and full sun. As a companion plant, Oregano repels harmful cabbage butterflies. It can be developed as a container plant
- Plant Spacing: 12″-15″.
- Growing of Oregano: Oregano reveals its flavor when given minimal watering and deprived of fertilizer. Flowering affects the taste, so you should cut off the tops; this will also help maintain the leaves' tenderness.
- Oregano Soil Requirements for: Grows best in well-drained sandy soil. When grown in other soils, it may lose its exquisite odor.
- Oregano Seeds Days to Germination: 7-14 days.
- Light Preference of Oregano: Sun/Part Shade.
- Life Cycle of Oregano: Tender Perennial.
- How and Whеn to Harvest Oregano: Collect fresh leaves when they are 6″ tall. The ideal time for this is morning. When harvesting stems, cut them at least 1 inch above the ground to allow new growth. You can keep fresh leaves in the refrigerator for about five days, but they can also be frozen or dried. Should add Oregano to hot food just before serving to preserve its flavor. Unlike most herbs, dried oregano leaves have a much stronger flavor than fresh ones.
- Oregano Days to Maturity: 80-90 days.
- Oregano's Seed Saving: When the oregano seed heads are brown and dry, pick them individually. Dry in a protected plаce away from direct sunlight. Gouge out the seeds of Origanum Vulgare Hirtum by rubbing or shaking their heads and remove as much trash as possible. Store oregano seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
- Common Names: Oregano
- Latin Name: Origanum vulgare hirtum
- Species Origin: Mediterranean
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 450,000
- Stratification: No Stratification
- Germination Ease: No Stratification
- Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
- Height: 20 Inches
- Color: Green
- Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer
- Uses: Culinary, Medicine, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic.