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Edibles Grow Sheets


  • Scientific Name
    Origanum spp.
  • General Information

    Oregano is a sun-loving, low-water perennial loved by bees and available in many cultivars, each varying in color, scent, and flavor. Greek and Italian oregano are popular for their strong flavor. The leaves and flowers are edible.

  • When to Plant

    Plant in spring, summer, or fall.

  • Planting

    Plant in full sun from seed (12 inches apart), cutting, or division. Oregano seeds take about 10 days to sprout at soil temperature of 70 degrees.

  • Soil Requirements

    Prefers alkaline soil (high pH), which is prevalent in Northern California.

  • Water Requirements

    Water only when soil has dried out as oregano prefers dry conditions.

  • Fertilizing

    No need to fertilize unless grown in sandy soil or container. Then, apply fish emulsion periodically during growing season.

  • Pollination

    Bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Harvesting

    Harvest frequently.

  • Storage

    Dries well. Harvest when leaves are dry and temperature is cool. Heat makes plant oil dissipate into the air. Make bundles of 7 stems and hang upside down in a dry, warm place. Gravity ensures the oils stay down in the leaves. After about a week, the leaves can be stripped from the stems and stored in glass containers for up to a year.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    ‘Greek’, ‘Italian’, ‘Sicilian’, ‘Compacta Nana’

  • Helpful Tips

    Cut the rangy stems back to ground in fall. Best to divide and re-plant every four years.

  • Common Problems

    Generally speaking, oregano is problem-free.

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    If aphids and spider mites appear, hose them off. If rust attacks, cut it out.