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Italian Organic Oregano Seeds
So Pretty You Hate to Cut It! (but oh, the flavor!)
A fine edible ornamental that lasts for years!
- Genus: Origanum
- Species: vulgare
- Variety: Organic Oregano, Italian
- Item Form: (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
- Zone: 5 – 10
- Habit: Mound-shaped
- Seeds Per Pack: 100
- Plant Height: 12 in – 18 in
- Plant Width: 12 in – 18 in
- Additional Characteristics: Butterfly Lovers, Certified Organic, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Flower, Fragrance, Herbs, Hummingbird Lovers, Indoor Growing, Pest Fighter, Pruning Recommended, Rose Companions
- Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink
- Foliage Color: Dark Green
- Harvest Season: Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
- Light Requirements: Full Sun
- Moisture Requirements: Dry, Moist, well-drained
- Resistance: Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
- Soil Tolerance: Normal, loamy
- Uses: Border, Containers, Cuisine, Ornamental, Outdoor
80 to 90 days from sowing.
This Certified Organic Italian Oregano is a treat for the senses! The fragrance will start your mouth watering, while the red-flushed green leaves and purple-brown stems, even when not topped with clusters of lavender-pink blooms, are attractive enough to take their place in bed or border with other flowering plants. Whether you grow this perennial as a culinary herb or a flowering beauty, you will appreciate its ease of culture, spicy scent, and handsome garden presence.
Pungently aromatic, Italian Oregano is one of the most important herbs of Italian, Greek, and Mexican cooking. Mainly used dry (the flavor is much more intense when the leaves are dried), Oregano pairs perfectly with bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic, and beef. (And interestingly, the oil is often an ingredient in men’s colognes! Who knew?) Oregano is at the heart of all the great spaghetti sauces, lasagnes, and other Neapolitan dishes you prepare, so why not have it in the border, herb garden, and patio containers?
Italian Oregano is a bushy perennial with broad 1½-inch leaves. The foliage becomes ready to pick when the plant is just 6 inches high or so — about three months after sowing, when it has been transplanted into its final container or the sunny garden, and it is growing and branching reliably. Most of us pick the leaves on an as-needed basis all summer, but if you want to grow this plant just to dry the foliage as spice (which is very tempting, since that’s how to maximize the flavor), wait until midsummer and then harvest. If any random flower buds appear along the way, pinch ’em off fast! The flavor deteriorates when this plant starts to bloom.
That said, you may also want to keep your Italian Oregano coming in the garden for years, so one method is to let a single plant, or maybe two, bloom and go to seed in the border. Next spring, you will have LOTS of little oregano plants, which you can then thin and transplant as needed. Meanwhile, the rest can be used for culinary purposes or as a flowering ornamental.
Oregano is perennial, thriving in full sun and soil that’s on the dry side. Once established in your garden, this plant will want to dry out a bit between waterings. When you do water it, do so thoroughly, letting the water really penetrate deeply into the soil. This will encourage roots to grow down and find their own water sources, meaning even less maintenance for you!
Many of us can’t imagine a kitchen garden without a pot of oregano, so here is how to get this plant to fit on the windowsill without blocking the light! In the garden, Italian Oregano reaches about 12 to 18 inches high and wide, and in outdoor containers, it’s just right for a 10-inch pot. But that’s not practical for your average indoor herb garden. To keep the plant smaller, continuously pinch the central stem. This will encourage side-shoots to grow, and will keep it from getting too tall.
Oregano lives about five years as a useful culinary plant, longer as an ornamental. It gradually becomes woody, a very pretty effect but one that reduces the flavor and texture of the leaves. When your plants reach this stage, let them go to flower and set new seed for spring. It’s easy!
Sow seeds in well-drained to dry, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun, or start them indoors in your Bio Dome or seed flats. They germinate in about two weeks. Even if you aren’t using the fresh leaves as seasoning, trim the plant back every few weeks throughout the growing season to encourage better branching and the formation of more foliage. Zones 5-10. Pkt is 100 seeds.
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