Oregano Planting Instructions


Oregano is a hardy perennial herb plant prized for its aromatic and flavorful leaves. Oregano grows well in garden beds as well as in both indoor and outdoor pots. The plant reaches up to 2 feet high and spreads out an equal distance. The leaves and small white or lavender flowers are attractive enough that oregano can be planted next to ornamental plants in flower beds and borders. Planting oregano in your own garden is not difficult and the reward of fresh herbs make it worth the time.

Step 1

Fill individual seed-starting pots with a quality potting mix. Water the mix until it is just moist.

Step 2

Sow the oregano seeds directly on the soil surface, then press on them lightly with your fingertips so they are in contact with the soil. Seeds are extremely small, so sow as few as possible in each pot.

Step 3

Place the pots in a 70 degree F or slightly warmer room where the pots are exposed to bright light. Mist the soil surface with water in a water bottle if it begins to dry out before seed germination. Most seeds germinate within four to five days.

Step 4

Place the seedlings in a warm window where they receive full sun. Keep the soil moist at all times, watering as needed.

Step 5

Pluck leaves from the plants once they are 6 to 8 inches high. Taste the different leaves and keep the plant with the best flavor for your garden.

Step 6

Plant the oregano seedlings out to a full-sun, well-draining garden bed once all frost danger is past. Plant each seedling to the same depth in the garden that they are at in their seedling pots. Space the plants 1 foot apart in rows that are 18 inches apart.

Tips and Warnings

  • Oregano will rot in wet soil. Working compost into the planting bed before transplanting helps drainage and prevents sogginess.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds
  • Water bottle
  • Trowel


  • Washington State Extension: Oregano
Keywords: planting oregano, herb garden, perennial herbs

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