We all are great fans of oregano and love the way spices burst in our mouth when it is added to any cuisine. Buying oregano costs us a lot because it is very expensive. It is a signature and main flavor of major Italian, Mexican and Spanish dishes.
Oregano is a hardy, everlasting plant which is easy to grow in your home kitchen. The sun exposure must be partial that is neither too low nor too harsh. Oregano which is grown at home or in the kitchen garden is fresh comparatively and can be used for a longer period of time.
About The Plant-
Oregano is scientifically known as ‘origanum’ and it is a houseplant. The soil type should not be too wet, that means it should be well drained. Oregano is native to Mediterranean region and the Middle East, oregano grows one to two feet tall and two feet wide at maturity.Its leaves are oval and fragrant. Oregano blooms in pink, lavender, or white shades in mid- to late summer. Flowers taste milder than the leaves, and make a pretty addition to summer salads.
Let’s come back to our main topic that is how to grow oregano. We’ll have to take care of each and every minute details for growing oregano. Here everything is written in sequence from step 1 till the last step so let’s start-
Choosing Seed Or Plant Clippings-
First of all you’ll have to decide whether you’ll start with a seed or a plant clipping. You can grow oregano in both the ways but while planting seeds you’ll have to take special care because these do not conceive mostly as compared to a plant clipping. For taking plant clippings choose a healthy oregano plant. You should wait until plants are well developed.
Checking The Soil Type-
Next is what type of soil would be perfect for growing oregano at home. Sandy loam is best suited for oregano. If your soil is moist with lots of organic matter, oregano will not perform as well as it does in lighter soil. Light soil is typically fairly well-drained.
The best suited season for planting oregano is some weeks prior to summers. It needs little warm climate so make sure it gets warmth which would further nurture its growth.
Home made compost from kitchen and garden waste works best for an oregano plant. It grows moderately best in fertilized soil so you can use fertilizers also but organic compost would be a better choice to boost its growth.
Ensuring adequate Sun Exposure-
Place your plant in such a way so that it gets adequate sunlight but it shouldn’t be too harsh which may harm the plants. As oregano needs warm areas to grow and it blooms till mid summers.
Deciding The Planting Location-
Your planting location may be in such a way that provides ample sunlight and air to the growing plant. You can plant it indoors as well as outdoors also but make sure it gets proper resources. You should keep at least 10 cm distance in between two oregano plants.
If Planted Indoors then Pot Size-
If you are planning to grow your oregano plant indoors then choose a pot with 1 feet (30 cm) diameter. It will give enough room for your plant to grow.
Planting And Caring-
Plant your seed or clippings carefully and avoid seeds that have been stored for a longer period of time. Seeds usually take 5-10 days to sprout. Your oregano plant may take more or less time to grow depending on factors like soil quality, sunlight, and frequency of watering.
Daily Watering Routine-
Keep reducing the amount of water as your plant grows bigger as it requires less water afterwards. Make sure the soil is never dried out but avoid overwatering. Make a hole at the bottom of the pot and make sure you water the plant until water starts dripping from the bottom.
Pruning Or Trimming-
Pruning or trimming your plant would help it grow in a specific manner. Remove the dried leaves, weak stems and other extra waste. As you trim you can use that as fresh and add it to your recipes.
Harvesting the plant for your use is done once your plant is grown properly. Sick or thin plants can crowd better ones and steal resources, negatively impacting the potential of the healthier plants. Plants that are three or four years old are at the end of the oregano life cycle and will be less productive, making these prime candidates for removal.
You may not remember which plants are old and which are young. In this case, you should wait until early spring when you should be able to judge the plant’s age by its initial growth.
Time To Dry The Picked Plants-
After harvesting the plants, keep them in sunlight until they are dry and can be crushed into a coarse mixture. Store these leaves to use according to whatever you’re cooking.
Step 15 And The Last Step:
The last step is to store the dried oregano leaves properly for further use. Make sure the container is dry and seal it properly once filled so that they may remain fresh.
Now that you’ve worked hard to grow oregano on your own in natural ways, it’s time to enjoy. Below is the recipe of making 1 Cup spicy oregano with few more ingredients-
- Oregano- Half Tablespoons
- Dried Basil Leaves- Half Tablespoons
- Salt- 1 Tablespoon
- Black Pepper- 1 Tablespoon
- Garlic Powder- 2 Tablespoons
- Chilly Powder – 1 Tablespoons
How To Make-
It’s pretty easy to make homemade oregano. Take all the ingredients together and mix it in a bowl. Make sure it is evenly mixed and is a perfect blend.
So here we have learned each and every detail about how to grow oregano and how to make homemade oregano.Your homemade or home grown oregano is ready to use and is free of any chemicals.