With the botanical name of Organum vulgare, oregano is a perennial herb closely related to marjoram and referred to some as wild marjoram. In colder climates, this plant dies off in the winter and thus grown as an annual but potted oregano can avoid dying off by being brought inside during the winter.
Magical properties of this plant includes of health, good luck, happiness and protection. Planting oregano around ones house is good for protection.
Oregano makes good use in sauces, soups and pizza. Oregano deters pests common to beans and broccoli, making oregano a great companion plant.
Growing oregano is easy and can be done both indoors or outdoors, in pots or in the ground. This herb is a ground cover gaining encouragement to grow when cut back. Full sun and well drained soil is what oregano needs. Such pests as spider mites and aphids should have an eye out, but usually pests aren’t a problem.
Oregano can be grown simply by seeds, and once this has happened it is easy to get cuttings to produce more plants. Division of an oregano is very much possible. If one is unable to get seed to start growing oregano, it is easy to get oregano through many nurseries.
Propagation should be in spring, with seed germination roughly between one to two weeks although can take many more weeks. Four to six seeds per pot is ideal.
Preferring a pH of 6.0 to 9.0, oregano prefers the range from 6.0 to 8.0. Sandy and dry soil is also of preference.