Okay, so my first failure of the season. I transplanted some oregano and now, it is dead. Everything I had heard about this plant was that it was easy to transplant, easy to grow. So, I didn’t put much thought into it; I just planted it. Now, it’s dead. I have planted some German Thyme in it’s place and will try again this weekend. After I did my research.
Here is what I learned. First, the main species of oregano that most people are familiar with is Greek Oregeno, the other more pungent variety is Mexican Oregano. However, the names should tell us something. They are used to growing in poor soils, in full sun, and in fairly dry conditions.
I over-watered mine apparently.
A few more tips about oregano.
- Pinch off any flowers to allow the plant to ‘bush out’ more and to keep it from bolting.
- Harvesting before flowers have a chance to develop will also provide a more ‘oregano-y tasting plant (is that a word..probably not, but you get the idea).
- Also, the stems can get very woody, so strip the leaves by running your fingers from the top of the stem down toward the base and removing them from the main stem. Discard the stem. Not a lot of flavor there.
- Since you are looking to produce moderate growth, and you do not want to encourage flowering, a bi-weekly feeding of Monty’s 4-15-12 should be enough to sustain these plants.
If you want to know more, check out this site.
Btw, if you have some success tips for growing oregano or other herbs, please reply back/comment and let us know. I would enjoy learning from you and I am sure it would be a help to others in our blogging community.