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How to grow HOT and SPICY Oregano

Updated on August 19, 2013

My favorite kind of oregano

Hot & Spicy oregano offers the best of both worlds. It has the easy-growing traits of oregano with a slight heat of a mild chile. I often eat the leaves fresh out of the garden. Hot and spicy oregano in my opinion is best used as a fresh ingredient on homemade pizzas. I also love to utilize its slight heat in Mexican dishes.

As far as the plants are concerned, they tend to have a rounded mound with multiple trailing stems appearance. The flavor of the leaves contains the traditional oregano flavor, but with a more robust flavor. They are a very hardy herb, which can thrive in any soil that√Ęs well-drained. Make sure to that the soil is not wet 24/7. For readers of this living in a colder climate, hot and spicy oregano die to the ground in winter, but re-sprout in spring.

Hot and spicy oregano is easy to harvest, with generation of leaves frequently. You can you the leaves either fresh (which I prefer) or dried in the winter.

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Growing Instructions

Up-keep is very straight forward. It is as simple as following a regular watering schedule during the first growing season. This will help to ensure that the plants develop a deep and extensive root system.

If you are looking for a more well maintained appearance, be sure to remove any fallen leaves or old foliage before new leaves emerge.

The plants themselves may be divided every two to three years in the beginning of spring.

It is best to start the seeds off indoors six to eight weeks before last frost date. There is no need to cover them with soil, as they require light to germinate. Allow 4-7 days for germination to occur.

Plant the seedlings out after they are at least four inches tall and the danger of frost has passed.

For the best grow, make sure to snip leaves or small sections of the plant after it has reached six to seven inches in height. Maintaining the oregano in this manner will help the plant to grow more fully.

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  • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

    The only kind of spicy I prefer is cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and the like. Enough of those hot things that mask the true flavor.

  • Scott A McCray 4 years ago

    Traditional - so far! I see another plant to add to our grow list!

  • KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

    Right now we've got Greek and Italian varieties in pots. I also propagated a plant from my 99-year-old neighbor's vegetable garden. We're not sure what type of oregano it is, but the flavor is strong and it's growing like a weed.

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  • VigilantChef LM 4 years ago

    Origanum Minutiflorum :)

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Some Detailed Information About Hot and Spicy Oregano

The long botanical name is: Origanum x majoricum

Average height is: 12-18 inches

Proper plant spacing is: 10-12 inches apart

Sunlight: full sun tolerant and/or partial shade

Watering preference: dry to average regular watering in well-drained soil

Flower color: white

Planting information: great in containers

Food uses: fragrant use in bread, pasta dishes, stuffing, and of course pizza ;)

Special Note: Hot and Spicy Oregano attracts bees and butterflies. So if you are allergic to bee stings like me make careful consideration in planting this variety of oregano.

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      khyrst 3 years ago

      I love spicy Oregano

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I grow many different herbs for culinary purposes, but I have never gown oregano. This may be because I have never used it in cooking, no real reason, and may be something I should look into.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I grow many different herbs for culinary purposes, but I have never gown oregano. This may be because I have never used it in cooking, no real reason, and may be something I should look into.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I like to buy pots of herbs from Trader Joe's. This week I brought home thyme, oregano, and sage.