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Growing Oregano, also Pot Marjoram

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(Best months for growing Oregano in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. P = Plant in the garden.

  • Sow in garden, or start in seed trays. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-8 weeks. When flowers appear.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Broccoli
  • "Pizza" oregano
    "Pizza" oregano
  • Oregano flowering
    Oregano flowering
  • Variegated Origanum
    Variegated Origanum

Perennial growing to around 45 cm (17") high. Cut the stems back to the ground to encourage new growth.

There are two main varieties.

"Greek Oregano" is the type normally associated with Oregano flavor.

"Common Oregano" or Marjoram has a less pungent, sweeter taste and is more commonly grown.

For best flavour harvest in the morning just after the dew has lifted.

Easily propagated from root division. It can be hard to germinate seed. Can be grown from cuttings.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Oregano

Used to flavour tomato dishes, soups, sauces and Greek dishes like moussaka

Your comments and tips

05 Apr 16, Carol (USA - Zone 7a climate)
?? Full sun for oregano
08 Aug 14, Michelle (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
im am growing oregano under a box in the dark and its actually growing
07 Feb 14, Fawole Olagoke (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Thanks for all the information on the internet.Please where can l get seeds for Oregano plant,sage plant,marjoram and paprika in South Africa
02 Jan 12, (Australia - temperate climate)
How can you tell the difference between Marjorum and Oregano? I have a ground cover type plant that produces purple flowers and I have lost the tag to what it is.
18 Aug 09, Olivia Brown (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
thanks, twas really heplful
03 Sep 12, George (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I had a similar problem when I bought home a seedling labeled as 'Golden Marjoram' but which looked very much like Italian Oregano. Best as I can work out Marjoram tends to have smaller lighter colored leaves, and most importantly it has a perfumy/soap aroma. Oregano tends to smell woody and much more subtle.
14 Mar 11, jen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
plant in full sun??

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