Growing oregano is relatively easy, especially indoors. Just like thyme, oregano can successfully thrive in a six-inch pot and can survive in a hot, dry, and sunny place. It is important to note that the herb grows best when sufficient light is provided. Placing the plant near a bright window is ideal so that the plant can absorb all the sunlight it can get. The plant is also drought-resistant, which means it does not need excessive water supply to survive. Water the plant regularly, but avoid going overboard.
The herb is also a hardy plant that may survive temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant needs an airy, light, and fast-draining soil to cultivate successfully. Fertilize the plant using a liquid fertilizer or amend the soil with controlled-release pellets.
It is essential to trim the leaves to help the herb grow bushier and increase yield. The herb can be transplanted outdoors in the summer. However, growers must be quick to bring the herb back indoors before drastic temperature changes occur, as it may kill the plant.
Here are a few pointers in cultivating oregano in the garden.
Oregano is perhaps best known for its culinary uses, especially in pizza. However, this perennial herb‘s benefits go beyond its flavor. According to the MedicalNewsToday.com, oregano is packed with vitamin K that is essential for bone health and density. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, the herb is a rich source of dietary oxidants that help protect the cells against the damaging effects of free radicals.
Various studies have also touted the herb’s vast health benefits. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed that oregano contains powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, and may even eliminate methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria. German researchers have concluded that the herb has potent anti-inflammatory properties and may potentially be used in the treatment of certain diseases such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. Another study published in the journal PLOS ONE revealed that oregano contains strong anticancer properties that may help slow down the progression of breast cancer.
With its many health benefits, it may prove beneficial to cultivate your own oregano.