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Cultivation Basics - Care to Be Taken to Grow an Oregano Plant

Oregano Plant Care
Owing to its numerous uses, this native plant of Europe and the Mediterranean is widely grown even in gardens. Read on to know more.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Oregano in a clay pot
With a scientific name of Origanum vulgare, the oregano plant grows about 24 inches tall. It's small leaves are slightly furry to touch and displays shades of gray and green colors. Flowers that bloom in July to September are pink, light purple or white in color. The stems form a matting pattern on the ground.


Tips for Healthy Growth
Plant the seeds at least 12 inches apart and ΒΌ inch deep in the flower garden. They favor a well-drained soil. In case of nursery plants, maintain a distance of at least 18 inches. You may choose to plant them in the sun. If you are going to plant the oregano plants in a place where the summers are very hot, prepare flower beds for them in part shade. The plants are a hardy species and can resist cold temperatures of the zone 4 and 5. This evergreen plant in very cold climates can be grown as an annual variety. Harvest the plant just before mid-spring. Mid-summer is the best time for transplantation.

Treatment Against Pests and Fungi
There are few pests and oregano plant diseases which may make it necessary for you to take its care. Puccinia menthae is a fungus affecting it. This disease cause small, brown-colored, circular leaf spots to appear on the leaves. This plant may also get affected by the root-rot disease. You may have to protect them from the pests such as spider mite, aphids, and leaf miners. During winter, care can be taken by laying a protective covering or mulch of the grass or straw around the plant. When spring arrives, it is best to remove this mulch.

Since this species is perennial, you must plan and select its location with proper care. Ensure that you prune this species before it blooms in order to encourage a denser growth.