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How to Grow Oregano

Growing Oregano in Containers, Gardens &Allotments

Latin Name Origanum vulgare
Type of Plant Hardy Perennial
Suitable for Containers, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Height

Up to 40cm/15-inches

Where to Sow

Indoors/Outdoors thinly  in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter. 

Outdoors in open ground

Sowing time

Indoors February/April - temperature   +16C/61F.  

Outdoors - 2 to 4 weeks after the last frost

How to Sow

6mm/¼" deep. 

After Germination

Keep compost moist but not very wet. 

Growing on - in Pots

When 5cm/2-inches thin/transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3 inch pot. Harden off plants which have been raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on - in open ground

When 5cm/2-inches thin or plant out to 20cm/8-inches apart


Oregano will not survive very severe frosts, so protect  the dormant roots in winter with leaves or fleece to ensure they survive.


Leaves can be harvested anytime before the flowers form. Remove flowers to prolong picking.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to brassicas

Repels Cabbage Butterflies


A popular herb used in Mediterranean cuisine. Very good with lamb, tomatoes, fish and cheese dishes.

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