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Oregano Seeds

Deliciously aromatic foliage

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item # 03580-PK-P1
Instock - allow 3-5 business days for processing prior to shipment.

Days to Maturity: 90 to 100 from direct sow; 60 from transplant

You will smell it before you see it, and that's just the start of the feast for the senses this oregano delivers in your garden. An edible ornamental perennial with beautiful blooms, good branching, and attractive foliage, this herb can be grown among the flowering plants in the sunny, dry garden. But be sure to keep at least a few just for cooking, because these large leaves are packed with flavor.

One of the most important herbs of Italian, Greek, and Mexican cooking, oregano is at the heart of all the great tomato sauces, vegetable dishes, and countless other culinary triumphs. It is most strongly flavored when dried, not fresh, so you may choose to harvest this plant whole, in midsummer, and dry the foliage. Or you may want to cut the individual leaves as needed, all season long, beginning when the plant is just 6 inches high (less than 2 months from sowing). And those are just the culinary options . . . then there are the ornamental uses of this beauty, in containers as well as the garden. Thank goodness you get 100 seeds per packet.

Oregano is a perennial that thrives in full sunshine and well-drained soil on the dry side. Once it's established in your garden, let the soil dry out between watering's, and when you do water, make sure to do it long and deep, to encourage the roots to grow far down into the soil and find their own sources of water. If you live in a rainy climate, mound up the soil before planting your oregano, and make sure the drainage is really sharp. For those of us in thirsty gardens with long summers, a plant that likes its soil dry is a pure blessing.

Oregano has a useful culinary life of four or five years. So unless you want to grow it as an annual and harvest the entire plant for drying in midsummer (a good option for space-challenged gardens, because you can replace the oregano with fall plants each year), let one or two plants flower and go to seed each year, bringing you many new oregano seedlings the following spring. Thin or transplant them, and you will always have new young plants to replace those that "age out" of the garden.

The key to keeping the flavor of the leaves at its peak is to pinch out any flower buds you see forming on the plant immediately (unless you are growing the plant to go to seed). Flowering really reduces the flavor of the foliage, so you don't want your plants to reach that stage at all. The other key is to trim your plants every couple weeks, even if you aren't cutting the stems for use in the kitchen. Being pruned reminds the plant to send up fresh new branches, bursting with rich flavor.

Expect oregano to reach 12 to 18 inches high and wide in the garden, with broad 1½-inch leaves. This plant fills a 10-inch container perfectly. But if you have smaller containers and/or want to grow it in the kitchen windowsill as part of your culinary herb garden, it is easy to keep oregano smaller. Every few weeks, pinch off the tip of the central stem of the plant. This encourages side-shoots to grow, and also keeps the plant short. You'll find you can grow a very compact oregano with all the flavor and appeal of its full-sized cousins.

You will know your oregano is reaching the end of its culinary life when the stems become woody. The plant is also quite attractive at this point, so you have the option to leave it alone and let it be an ornamental, bringing butterflies and bees into the garden with its bright purple blooms, or you can cull it. Either way, this is a perennial that is as lovely as it is useful, and will bring you years of pleasure wherever you grow it.

Sow seeds in well-drained to dry, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun, or start them indoors in your Bio Dome or seed flats. Transplant when the seedlings have at least 2 sets of true leaves.

Oregano Germination Information

Oregano Seed Germination How to Sow Oregano:
  • Best sown indoors at a temperature of 68-70° with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Expect germination in 10-15 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and when the soil is warm
  • Outdoors, sow with barely any cover

How to Grow Oregano:
Transplanting: If sown indoors, transplant outdoors when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Plant seedlings 15-18 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: It is very drought tolerant. Sheer plants back when they get leggy

Appearance and Use:

This vigorous, 6-18 inch tall plant spreads to 18 inches wide. It is as useful for ornamental purposes in the border as it is for culinary purposes in the herb garden. In mid-summer it is covered in pink, purple, or white flowers that are very attractive to bees and butterflies. The dark green leaves are highly aromatic and are used in a variety of flavorful Mediterranean dishes. Harvest them at any time for fresh use; harvest them just before flowering when they are to be dried and stored

About Oregano:
Botanical name: Origanum vulgare
Pronunciation:  o-rig’å-num vul’gar’a
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to Greece, Spain, and Southern Europe

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.