Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family. It has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. It adds flavor, and it may have a number of health benefits. The elements that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, caryophyllene. It typically grows around 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length. It is believed to contain potent antioxidants and to have antibacterial properties. Oregano is used for cooking and medicinal purposes, ranging from treating infections to repelling insects. Active ingredients in oregano could one day help treat osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes. Chefs also use it to flavor sauces, make herby bread rolls, and in marinades for meat.
Sowing Time: Mar – Apr, Aug – Oct
Sowing Distance: Plant outdoors, 12 inches seed to seed
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Maturity: 40 – 45 days
Grow Guide: PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
Sow oregano seeds indoors before the last expected frost of your region.
You need not to cover the seeds with soil.
Use a window or any other sunny location to germinate the seedling.
MANURE: Oregano grown outdoors prefers full sun.
SOIL: Oregano will grow better in rich and well-drained soil with a pH ranging between 6 to 7.
TEMPERATURE: For best results, a constant temperature of 15°C (60°F) can be achieved by using bottom heat.
WATERING: These are drought-tolerant herbs which do not require much watering. You should water them during excessively dry periods only.
HOW TO HARVEST
Oregano herb plants can be harvested anytime once they get 4 to 6 inches tall.
Since these herbs are used for cooking, so harvesting the leaves in buds form will give you the best flavor.
The ideal time to harvest Oregano herb plants is in the morning, when the dew has evaporated and the sun is not that high.
Once these herbs are cut, it needs to be covered with a mulch layer for over wintering outdoors