Growing Tips: Oregano

Quick Reference:

Cover seed with 1/16 to 1/8 inch fine soil spaced 1 to 2 inches apart. Germination: 10 to 20 days. In cool weather Oregano does best when grown as a container plant. Make sure the soil surface does not dry out during germination period.

When and where to plant:

Oregano is a warm weather, frost sensitive plant grown as an annual herb in Alaska. It is recommended that the seed be started indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Fill a container that has drainage holes with sterilized potting soil, sprinkle seed on soil surface. Lightly cover seed with 1/8 inch fine soil, water well for good seed-soil contact and keep moist until seedlings emerge. After the last frost, when the seedlings are at least 1 to 1 ½ inches tall repot or transplant outdoors in full sun, in a sandy, well drained, average garden soil. Grows well both indoors and outside.


Water as needed and apply plant food once during the summer. Pinch tops to encourage branching.


Pick leaves as needed for use fresh or dry. When drying, for best flavor harvest just before the plant blooms.