Aromatics

Oregano: from planting to harvest


Oregano (origanum vulgare) is a very aromatic plant that is easy to grow. It is ideal for flavoring dishes.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Origanum vulgare
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Aromatic plant

Height
: 40 to 60 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : ordinary and light

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : Summer -Harvest : May to November

  • Health: benefits and virtues of oregano

Sowing, cultivation of oregano

The sowing of oregano takes place ideally at the very beginning of spring, around March, under shelter. You will transplant in the ground at the end of the Ice Saints in the middle of May.

If you want to sow directly in place, whether in soil or in a flower box for aromatic plants, also wait until the middle of May to avoid any risk of late frost.

In all cases, thin out to about 10 cm to give the more vigorous young plants room to develop properly.

  • Oregano loves the sun
  • The soil should be well-drained, light and rather dry
  • Watering in hot weather or prolonged drought is recommended
  • Be careful never to water if it is cold because oregano hates the combination of cold and humidity.

Harvesting oregano

Cultivated as a condiment plant, oregano is appreciated for its very aromatic leaves.

Both fresh and dried leaves are used. It is readily mixed with other herbs to vary the aromas and pleasures.

You can pick the oregano leaves as needed.

Pick the harvest in the morning because this is the time of day that you will retain the best of its flavor and aromas.

About oregano

Oregano doesn't like humidity combined with winter cold, so it's best to plant it on a light mound.

This plant also does not like the cold and that is why, although perennial, it is grown here as an annual.

Very aromatic, oregano is particularly suitable for sauces, but also for marinades and pizzas when dried.

Its aroma is considered more delicate than that of oregano, which brings marjoram closer to thyme.

Oregano, where the other name comes from, is less aromatic than marjoram.

On the health side, marjoram would have antiseptic properties, it also helps treat anxiety disorders but also sleep disorders or even certain respiratory ailments.

Health: benefits and virtues of oregano

Smart tip about oregano

The persistence of its foliage makes marjoram a perfect vegetable garden, border plant or for your pots and planters.

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  • All you need to know about aromatic plants

Video: How to harvest oregano (October 2020).