Growing Italian Oregano

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on April 25, 2012

Oregano is an important spice in Italian cooking.  It can be used fresh or dried for year round use.  A hardy perennial, it has purple flowers the second season it is planted.

Here is a snapshot of the information you need to grow Italian Oregano, which is a little sweeter and milder than Greek Oregano

when to plant:  late March-early April
depth of planting: do not cover
spacing of plants inside row: very thinly
spacing of rows: 12 inches
time to germinate:  10-21 days

time to harvest: 45 days, pick leaves lightly the first season, then larger harvests in the following seasons.  Cut sprays of purple flowers to encourage leaf growth.

Oregano is hardy and long lived when given good drainage.

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Stephan Knight May 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

Is it too late to plant this now? I live in the southwest and the climate is pretty mild. Have just planted all sorts last month but love the smell of oregano and completely forgot to plant any!
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Dipa from seo services Australia June 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

We use a lot of oregano in our cooking. I manage to get the dried stuff from most grocery stores, but I am sure, nothing can beat the fragrance of the fresh thing! This is great information and know- how. Thanks for the post.


Purnima from money for silver June 13, 2012 at 3:01 am

Hi Stephanie. Thanks for the share . This post educated me about all the basic details of growing Oregano. Have learnt a lot . Nice post .
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