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Organic Greek Oregano

Organic Greek Oregano

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Greek oregano, a robust perennial herb, boasts a spreading nature. Its resilient dark green leaves are round with a distinctive gritty texture and light fuzz. Sporting small, white flowers, typical of culinary oreganos, this herb not only adds aromatic zest to dishes but also thrives with enduring charm in gardens. A staple in Mediterranean cuisine, Greek oregano improves culinary experiences with its unique flavor profile and resilient growth.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Choosing the Right Location

Greek oregano thrives in well-drained soil and requires plenty of sunlight to grow properly. When selecting a location for planting, choose an area that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. Additionally, ensure that the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, as Greek oregano does not tolerate soggy conditions.

Preparing the Soil

Before planting Greek oregano, it's essential to prepare the soil properly. Start by removing any weeds or debris from the planting area. Then, amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve fertility and drainage. Greek oregano prefers slightly alkaline soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0.

Planting Greek Oregano

Plant starts in well-prepared soil, spacing them about 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.

Watering and Maintenance

Once established, Greek oregano requires minimal watering and maintenance. Water the plants deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can promote disease. To encourage healthy growth and bushiness, pinch back the stems of Greek oregano periodically, especially during the growing season. This helps promote branching and prevents the plant from becoming leggy. Additionally, remove any dead or yellowing leaves to maintain plant health.

Fertilizing

Greek oregano does not require heavy fertilization, but you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer once or twice during the growing season to provide essential nutrients. Alternatively, you can top-dress the soil with compost or organic matter to enrich the soil and promote healthy growth.

Harvesting Greek Oregano

You can start harvesting Greek oregano leaves once the plants are well-established and have reached a height of 4 to 6 inches. To harvest, simply snip off individual leaves or cut entire stems as needed. Harvesting encourages new growth and helps maintain the plant's compact shape. For the best flavor, harvest Greek oregano leaves in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated. You can use fresh oregano immediately in your culinary creations, or dry the leaves for later use by hanging them upside down in a warm, well-ventilated area.

Pest and Disease Management

Greek oregano is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, especially when grown in optimal conditions. However, common pests such as aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies may occasionally infest the plants. Monitor your oregano regularly for signs of pest damage, and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Additionally, ensure proper air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Avoid overhead watering and overcrowding, and promptly remove any diseased or damaged plant material to prevent the spread of disease.

Overwintering Greek Oregano

Greek oregano is a perennial herb that can withstand mild winters in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. In colder climates, you can protect the plants during the winter months by mulching heavily around the base of the plants to insulate the roots from freezing temperatures. Alternatively, you can grow Greek oregano in containers and bring them indoors during the winter months.

Growing Greek oregano in your garden is a rewarding endeavor that provides you with a steady supply of flavorful herbs for culinary and medicinal use. By following these guidelines for planting, care, and maintenance, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of aromatic oregano leaves throughout the growing season. Whether used fresh, dried, or infused into oils and vinegars, Greek oregano adds a delightful flavor and aroma to a wide range of dishes.

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Description

Greek oregano, a robust perennial herb, boasts a spreading nature. Its resilient dark green leaves are round with a distinctive gritty texture and light fuzz. Sporting small, white flowers, typical of culinary oreganos, this herb not only adds aromatic zest to dishes but also thrives with enduring charm in gardens. A staple in Mediterranean cuisine, Greek oregano improves culinary experiences with its unique flavor profile and resilient growth.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Choosing the Right Location

Greek oregano thrives in well-drained soil and requires plenty of sunlight to grow properly. When selecting a location for planting, choose an area that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. Additionally, ensure that the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, as Greek oregano does not tolerate soggy conditions.

Preparing the Soil

Before planting Greek oregano, it's essential to prepare the soil properly. Start by removing any weeds or debris from the planting area. Then, amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve fertility and drainage. Greek oregano prefers slightly alkaline soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0.

Planting Greek Oregano

Plant starts in well-prepared soil, spacing them about 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.

Watering and Maintenance

Once established, Greek oregano requires minimal watering and maintenance. Water the plants deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can promote disease. To encourage healthy growth and bushiness, pinch back the stems of Greek oregano periodically, especially during the growing season. This helps promote branching and prevents the plant from becoming leggy. Additionally, remove any dead or yellowing leaves to maintain plant health.

Fertilizing

Greek oregano does not require heavy fertilization, but you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer once or twice during the growing season to provide essential nutrients. Alternatively, you can top-dress the soil with compost or organic matter to enrich the soil and promote healthy growth.

Harvesting Greek Oregano

You can start harvesting Greek oregano leaves once the plants are well-established and have reached a height of 4 to 6 inches. To harvest, simply snip off individual leaves or cut entire stems as needed. Harvesting encourages new growth and helps maintain the plant's compact shape. For the best flavor, harvest Greek oregano leaves in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated. You can use fresh oregano immediately in your culinary creations, or dry the leaves for later use by hanging them upside down in a warm, well-ventilated area.

Pest and Disease Management

Greek oregano is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, especially when grown in optimal conditions. However, common pests such as aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies may occasionally infest the plants. Monitor your oregano regularly for signs of pest damage, and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Additionally, ensure proper air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Avoid overhead watering and overcrowding, and promptly remove any diseased or damaged plant material to prevent the spread of disease.

Overwintering Greek Oregano

Greek oregano is a perennial herb that can withstand mild winters in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. In colder climates, you can protect the plants during the winter months by mulching heavily around the base of the plants to insulate the roots from freezing temperatures. Alternatively, you can grow Greek oregano in containers and bring them indoors during the winter months.

Growing Greek oregano in your garden is a rewarding endeavor that provides you with a steady supply of flavorful herbs for culinary and medicinal use. By following these guidelines for planting, care, and maintenance, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of aromatic oregano leaves throughout the growing season. Whether used fresh, dried, or infused into oils and vinegars, Greek oregano adds a delightful flavor and aroma to a wide range of dishes.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Edible Flower
  • Good for Drying
  • Heirloom
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Requires Summer Water
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 5 - 10
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Low Growing
Life Cycle : Perennial
Plant Usage : Culinary Herb
Planting Time : Spring
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun
Useful Plant Part : Leaves

Planting & Care

Soil and Water: Oregano prefers light, well-drained, moderately fertile soil with a neutral ph. Water regularly, but moderately. 

Planting and Growing: Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 feet apart. Pinch during early growth to establish a bushier habit. 

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest leaves as desired. Leaves retain flavor well when dried; dry away from sun to preserve color and flavor. Store in an airtight container.

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Guarantee

We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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