Oregano Growing Guide

Origanum vulgare


Crop Rotation Group



Any average, well drained soil in an easily accessible site.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Hardy in cold climates provided plant is well-rooted and mulched. If desired, small plants can be potted up in fall and grown through winter indoors.


Not generally needed.


Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Some strains are propagated only from cuttings. Authentic Greek oregano can be grown from seeds or plants.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Frequent pinching back helps to keep plants bushy and full, and it delays flowering. Some strains are grown for their pretty pink flowers. Oregano often spreads in hospitable spots. Moderately invasive.


Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in early summer, just before the plants bloom.


Control oregano's spread by cutting back flowering stems when their colors fade.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Oregano