Growing Oregano from Seeds: A Complete Guide to Cultivating Your Own Oregano Plants in Your Garden


Oregano is a popular herb that is widely used in cooking. It is easy to grow from seed and can be grown in various ways to suit different gardening preferences. This beginner’s guide will show you how to start growing oregano from seed in your garden, whether you prefer growing it directly in the ground or in a container.

Oregano is a member of the mint family and prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It can be grown directly from seed or propagated from mature plants. If you choose to grow it directly from seed, start by lightly covering the seed with soil and then water it. Oregano seeds usually take around 10 to 14 days to germinate, and once they do, they will continue to grow into healthy plants with proper care.

When it comes to caring for oregano, it is important to water it regularly, especially during dry times. Oregano does not require much fertilizer, but a light application of organic fertilizer once or twice during the growing season can help promote healthy growth. Pruning back the plant in the spring is also recommended to encourage more bushy and compact growth.

Oregano can be harvested as soon as the leaves reach a mature size, usually within 80 to 90 days from planting. Harvesting can be done by cutting individual stems or by cutting the entire plant back. The harvested oregano leaves can be used fresh or dried for later use in cooking. Oregano is a key ingredient in Italian cuisine and adds a flavorful touch to dishes like pasta, pizza, and roasted vegetables.

In conclusion, growing oregano from seed is a rewarding and enjoyable process. Whether you choose to grow it directly in the ground or in a container, oregano can thrive in various climates and will provide you with a bountiful harvest of delicious and aromatic leaves.

Oregano Greek – Key Growing Information

  • Oregano Greek is an individual variety of oregano that is similar to marjoram.
  • It is a perennial herb that usually grows up to 18 inches tall.
  • You can harvest the leaves of Greek Oregano for culinary purposes.
  • For harvesting, it is best to do it in the morning when the leaves are at their freshest.
  • Greek Oregano can be grown in a garden or in a pot.
  • It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate normal garden conditions.
  • If you are planting Greek Oregano from seedling, it may take a little longer for it to mature.
  • To speed up the growth of Greek Oregano, you can cover the seedlings with plastic to create a greenhouse effect.
  • Once the plant has matured, it craves direct sunlight and can be grown outdoors.
  • It is recommended to harvest Greek Oregano when it is fully mature and the leaves are flavored.
  • In areas where frost occurs, it is better to buy the herb than grow it from seed.
  • Greek Oregano is a great alternative to marjoram and can be used in cooking.
  • There are different varieties of Greek Oregano, so make sure to choose the one that suits your area and gardening preferences.
  • If you need more information on planting, harvesting, or pruning Greek Oregano, you can contact your local gardening center or connect with online gardening communities.
  • Greek Oregano prefers a dry climate with low humidity.
  • The temperature guide for Greek Oregano is between 65-75°F (18-24°C).
  • For a healthy harvest, make sure to provide proper care and maintenance to your Greek Oregano plants.
  • Greek Oregano is susceptible to repotting, so it is best to plant it directly in its final location.
  • If you are looking for an organic alternative, Greek Oregano makes a better choice than other herbs.
  • It can be used fresh or dried for cooking purposes.
  • Overall, Greek Oregano is a versatile herb that adds a unique flavor to various dishes.

True Greek Oregano

True Greek Oregano is a popular herb that is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is known for its strong and aromatic flavor, which adds a distinct taste to various dishes. If you are interested in growing True Greek Oregano, here is some information on where and how to plant it.

True Greek Oregano can be planted in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. It thrives in a warm and sunny location, where it can receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. The soil should be well-drained to prevent waterlogging, as oregano craves good drainage. If your soil is heavy and clayey, you can improve it by adding organic matter such as compost.

When it comes to planting True Greek Oregano, you have two options: growing it from seeds or from seedlings. If you choose to grow it from seeds, you can start by sowing the seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Sow the seeds directly into a seed-starting tray filled with seed-starting mix, and cover them lightly with fine soil. Keep the soil consistently moist, and place the tray in a warm and bright location, such as a south-facing window. Once the seedlings are a few inches tall and have developed a few sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into individual pots.

Alternatively, you can also plant True Greek Oregano directly in your garden once the danger of frost has passed. Dig a small hole and place the seedling in, ensuring that the base of the stem is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole and gently press the soil down to secure the seedling. Water the plant well after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

True Greek Oregano is a perennial herb, which means it will come back year after year. If you are growing it in a cold climate zone, you may want to grow it in a pot, so you can easily move it indoors in winter. If you decide to grow it in a container, make sure to choose a large and sturdy pot with drainage holes. Use a well-draining potting mix and keep the plant in a sunny spot. Water the plant regularly, but make sure the soil dries out slightly between waterings.

When it comes to harvesting True Greek Oregano, you can start snipping off small sprigs of the plant once it is fully grown. It is best to harvest the leaves before the plant flowers, as this is when the flavor is at its peak. You can either dry the harvested oregano by hanging it upside down in a well-ventilated area or use it fresh. If you are not using the leaves right away, store them in an airtight container to preserve their flavor.

In summary, True Greek Oregano is a versatile herb that can be grown both from seeds and seedlings. It thrives in a warm and sunny location and requires well-drained soil. Whether you choose to grow it in your garden or in a container, True Greek Oregano will reward you with a bountiful harvest of flavorful leaves. So, why not give it a try and enjoy the benefits of this delicious herb?


When growing oregano from seed, it’s important to note that oregano is a perennial herb, which means it will come back year after year. This makes it a great addition to any garden, as it requires little maintenance once established and can yield a bountiful harvest.

Before you begin planting your oregano seeds, you’ll want to give some thought to where they will be grown. Oregano is suited to a variety of soils but prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. If you’re not sure about the quality of your soil, it’s always a good idea to test it using a soil testing kit.

If you’re a beginner’s guide to growing oregano from seed, you may want to consider starting your seeds indoors. This will give you more control over the growing conditions and help ensure the seeds have a better chance of germinating. You can start your seeds in a small tray or plastic container filled with a well-drained, organic potting mix. Place the tray or container in a warm location with plenty of light, such as a sunny window.

Oregano seeds usually take around 10-14 days to germinate, so be patient. Once the seedlings have matured and are able to handle the outdoor temperature, you can transplant them into your garden. Be sure to space them out to allow for good air circulation and to prevent overcrowding.

Oregano is a hardy herb that can tolerate light frost, so you can start planting in early spring or late winter. If you’re in a colder climate, it’s best to wait until all danger of frost has passed.

Once your oregano plants are in the ground, they will typically grow to a height of 18-24 inches and spread out. If you want to keep them more compact, you can lightly prune them back throughout the growing season.

Oregano is a low-maintenance herb that doesn’t require much water or fertilizer. Water it deeply but infrequently, and be sure to let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. As for fertilizer, oregano is a light feeder and can usually get by without any additional nutrients. However, if you want to give your plants a little boost, you can apply a balanced fertilizer once or twice during the growing season.

When it comes time to harvest your oregano, you’ll want to do so before the plants start to flower. The leaves are most flavorful just before flowering, so be sure to watch your plants closely and harvest them at the right time. To harvest, simply cut back the stems to within a few inches of the ground.

Oregano is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of dishes. It adds a distinct flavor to soups, stews, sauces, and more. Whether you’re using fresh or dried oregano, it’s sure to be a hit in the kitchen.

So if you’re looking to grow a perennial herb that is easy to care for and has many culinary uses, give oregano a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.