Oregano (the pizza herb) is another flavorful culinary herb native to the Mediterranean region. It grows wonderfully in hydroponics, and isn’t especially picky. It’s especially popular in Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Italian, French and Hispanic cuisines. Oregano is a bold herb with a spicy, peppery taste, as well as a bit of sweetness and bitterness. It’s part of the mint family as well, and you may detect subtle hints of mint with your taste buds.
Dried oregano will have a more intense flavor than fresh oregano, so consider this when you are cooking with, and planning to cook with oregano.
Use oregano to flavor roasted, fried and grilled veggies, meats and fish. It’s wonderful on pizza, and terrific with mutton and lamb. It’s also a staple in Greek salads, and used to make tea in some cultures as well.
Oregano turns out to be pretty good for you too. It has healthy amounts of vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium and fiber. In traditional medicine, it has also been used to treat digestive problems, and has anti-viral properties that may help to stave off colds.
|Germination||Light||EC Range||pH Range:||Time to Harvest|
|Intermediate||12-16 hours||1.8-2.3||6.0-6.8||6-8 weeks|
Nutrient and Health Info - Oregano has has healthy amounts of vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium and fiber. In traditional medicine, it has also been used to treat digestive problems, and has anti-viral properties that may help to stave off colds.
Tips & Tricks - Be patient with germination, as it can take 7-21 days for seedlings to emerge. The seeds are quite small also, so be careful when handling as to not allow them to end up on your floor.
Oregano is another herb with little bitty seeds, so be careful not to lose them when you begin planting. It can take 1-3 weeks for these seeds to germinate, so be patient. And don’t forget, you can always speed things up by using our Seedling Starter Kit or the paper towel method increase the rate and speed of germination.
Oregano isn’t fussy and doesn’t need an incredible amount of light. It will be very happy with as little as 12 or as many as 16 hours of light a day. You can keep it in an area that receives less direct light, like the edge of your indoor garden, or in a place that may get a little obstruction from large plant leaves.
Oregano will grow well with many of your plants, as it grows best within an EC range of between 1.8 – 2.3. Like many herbs, it will be tolerant to EC’s outside of this range, but the taste of your oregano may be impacted slightly. Consider growing your oregano with cilantro, mint, bok choy, sage, sunflowers, zucchini and much more for great results.
Your oregano prefers a pH range between 6.0 and 6.8. It won’t be difficult to grow with your other hydroponic plants.
Use IGWorks’ Green Machine nutrients with you oregano, as well as with other herbs and leafy greens. You’ll be happy that you did.
Time to Harvest:
It will only take 4-6 weeks from the time your seedlings sprout to being harvest small amounts of oregano. And, in a few months, your oregano should be taking off, so you can harvest more frequently.
Pruning and Harvesting:
When harvesting oregano, use the cut and come again method. Harvest the longest branches, but make sure to leave 3 inches at the base so that it will continue to grow vigorously over time.
Oregano is an essential herb for Mediterranean cooking (and pizza). It’s good and good for you, so use this wonderful herb on meats, fish, salads, veggies and more!
Check Out Our Oregano Recipes!
- Garden Veggie Flatbread
- Homemade Seasoning Blends
- Traditional Chimichurri
- Homemade Herbal Tea
- Adult Grilled Cheese
Let’s grow together!