How to Grow Oregano Indoors

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Oregano is a fairly common spice from the mint family, though you would never know from tasting it. From the Greek words "oros" and "ganos", meaning "mountain" and "joy," oregano is native to northern Europe and is prevalent in Italian and Mediterranean cooking. Rather than buying it from the store in little glass bottles, you can grow oregano in your home and taste the numerous rewards.

Step 1

Sprinkle the seeds over a small container or pot filled with soil. At this point, for the germination process, the size of the container and the amount of soil do not matter. Oregano seeds can easily germinate without any soil at all.

Step 2

Pour lukewarm water into a spray bottle, and lightly mist the seeds. Lightly mist them again when the soil looks dry. You don't want to drown the seeds, but you don't want to dry them out either.

Step 3

Set the container in a sunny windowsill. The seeds should germinate in about a week.

Step 4

When the seedlings are ready to be transplanted, fill a 30 cm pot with soil. Plant the seedlings deep enough so that their roots are completely covered and the seedlings are stable. Continue to keep the oregano in full sun. Oregano can grow easily in any type of soil, even soil with a little sand mixed in.

Step 5

Water the plant daily after planting. Once the plant has taken root, water only when the soil is dry, about once a week. Oregano does very well in dry conditions.

Step 6

Harvest when the plant is 5 cm tall or has at least 12 leaves by cutting the leaves off gently.

Things You'll Need

  • Oregano seeds
  • Small container or pot
  • Spray bottle
  • 30 cm pot
  • Soil


  • How to Grow Indoor and Outdoor Oregano
  • Encylopedia Britannica Entry on Oregano
  • Learn How to Grow Oregano
Keywords: oregano, indoors, grow

About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

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