Find out how to grow Oregano in your garden. Learn about the best soil conditions and where to plant. The guide also provides tips on harvesting and troubleshooting problems that may arise during growth.

Soil

What soil is good for Oregano?

Well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Oregano need?

Full sun to afternoon shade. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Oregano frost tolerant?

 In areas with frost, plants will die back, go dormant and reappear in spring.

Spacing

How much space does Oregano need?

Roughly 30cm apart 

Planting

When should I plant Oregano?

Best planted in spring, once the danger of frost has passed. However, Oregano can be planted at any time of year as long as it's protected from frost. 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  

Feeding

What do I feed Oregano?

Oregano is not a heavy feeder, use a light application of organic fertiliser throughout the year. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Oregano?

Harvest regularly by snipping or pinching off the top of leaves, can be used fresh or dried.  

Pests

What pests does Oregano get?

Aphids, Spider Mites, White Fly, Thrips, Slug, Snail, Leaf Miner

Diseases

What diseases does Oregano get?

Botrytis Rot, Rhizoctonia Root Rot, Rust 

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Oregano?

Harvest frequently to prevent long woody growth. Regular harvesting also delays flowering, allowing for a longer harvest throughout the season. Plant in a well contained area as Oregano can become invasive. 

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