A very hardy herb that will do well almost anywhere. Oregano is an essential Mediterranean herb, used in a variety of dishes, most complimentary to cheese, egg, pizza and pasta dishes. Perfect for your bolognaise, other tomato-based sauces and most meat dishes.
Seed count: Approximately 100 seeds
Best planting: August – February
Ease of growth: Very easy
Heirloom: Typically a variety that is older than 60 years.
- Height/width of the plant: 30+ cm
- Growth type: This variety is suitable for planting in pots or in small gardens, as they do not take up a lot of space.
- Ideal germination temperature: 17°C
- Average germination in days: 7-10 days
- Sow method: The seed is best suited to starting off in seed trays and then transplanted once they are past the two true leaf stage, however, it can be sown directly in the soil from the start.
- Plant type: Hardy, Annual
- Plant use: This herb is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. (Please consult your doctor/medical practitioner.)
- Plant/row spacing: 40 cm/60 cm
- Days to harvest: 90 days
- Seed treatment:
Sow shallowly in beds and cover with a hessian cloth – Fine seeds are best sown very shallowly, the problem now is that the top surface of the soil dries out very quickly. Covering with a hessian cloth, traps the moisture in the topsoil layer, allowing the seeds to germinate effectively.
Needs light to germinate – Light is a requirement for a number of seeds. If planted too deeply the seeds will simply not germinate. In this case, the seeds should very lightly be covered with fine sand, soil or vermiculite.