How to grow HOT and SPICY Oregano
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 thatâs 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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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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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.