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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Origanum vulgare
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 12-24 inches high; 10-20 inches wide
Location and soil: sun; well-drained soil; will grow indoors
Uses: fresh or dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; meat, fish, and egg recipes; salads and vegetables; pizza; honeybees like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds, root division, and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 8-14 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity:
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 10-12 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
Pests: aphids, leaf miners, spider mites
Diseases: fungal diseases, root rot
Harvest: pick fresh leaves as needed; for drying, just before full flowering, cut stems with flower heads attached and dry on wire racks in a cool, airy place, then pick off leaves and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: Origanum vulgare subspecies hirtum (Origanum heracleoticum) has better flavor than the species


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