Bury seeds ¼ inch deep and clippings ½ inch deep, and water your plants regularly to get them started. You may pull off the tiny leaves and dry them separately or dry the entire stem and then crumble off the crisp leaves. Our climate (Zone 3) dictates that we have to mulch the Oregano heavily for insulating over winter, if we want to plant it right into the ground. Once oregano develops root or crown rot, it's difficult to get rid of. There are several types of oregano, but they're all native to arid regions of the Mediterranean and central Asia. Once knocked off the plant, these insects are unable to return. Inspect them to look for any brown or dried-out leaves. Bundle the stems together and hang them to dry oregano in a dark, dry spot. With dozens of uses in the kitchen, oregano is an essential plant for culinary herb gardens. Best location: Plant oregano in full sun; it will tolerate light shade. If you grow organically, there’s no need to wash them but if you do, make sure the leaves are very dry (either spun dry in a salad spinner, or thoroughly pressed between towels to remove all the moisture). For best results, group it with other plants that have low to moderate water needs. How to dry oregano in under 1 hour Step 1: Start with very fresh herbs from your garden. Try not to overlap them too much as you want air to circulate between the leaves. If your oregano leaves are turning brown, it's often because of crown and root rot caused by improper growing conditions. Oregano can thrive in poor soil that is well-drained. Fungi thrive in moist conditions where the air doesn’t circulate well enough to keep the foliage dry. Aphids and spider mites sometimes infest oregano plants. While one of several fungi cause crown and root rot, improper watering and site location allow the disease to take hold. If you see these symptoms, destroy the plant and don’t grow oregano in the same location for at least three years. As a herb, supplement, or essential oil, it may offer many health benefits. Keep any garden mulch you are using at least 2 inches from the base of the plant's stem to allow the crown to recover. Water healthy plants only once a week, and transfer the water slowly so the soil gets damp at least 12 inches deep. Discard these unhealthy or flavorless leaves. They're tolerant of a wide range of soils and climates, but thrive most reliably in areas with light, fast draining soil. I know a chinese lady in town that has the best oregano growning in a raised bed made from 3 old car tires in a stack filled with dirt, no compost, no organic material. I looked for a dry warm place to hang my oregano flowers to dry out nicely. Don’t let the few diseases affecting oregano plants or oregano pests put you off in growing this herb. Drying oregano in the food dehydrator. Leaf miners are the larvae of black flies. While oregano pests are few, they should still be mentioned as inclusion for common oregano problems. Caring For Your Oregano Watering. Then, plant your oregano 6-10 weeks before the last predicted frost of spring. If you have a lot of oregano to dry… Fungi thrive in moist conditions where the air doesn’t circulate well enough to keep the foliage dry. Happy holidays from all of us at Gardening Know How. With proper care, these oregano problems can be prevented and you’ll be rewarded with a flavorful harvest. There are several methods used to harvest oregano and dry it for preservation. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Oregano is not a thirsty plant, and it absolutely needs well-drained soil. Never compost plants with fungal diseases. If your soil is heavy or rich in clay, amend it with plenty of organic material before planting oregano, or plant the herb in raised beds to improve drainage. Take your oregano stalks and set them out on your kitchen counter. After 5-10 days, you should be able to see sprouts popping up! Oregano does not need regular doses of fertilizer. If your soil is moist with lots of organic matter, oregano will not perform as well as it does in lighter, dryer soil that is typically well-drained. I have been drying my herbs for a few years now, but this year decided to give drying oregano flowers a try. Arrange the sprigs of oregano on a baking sheet. Though it's not always curable, early detection and management can lead to a full recovery. In other cases, the effects can come on suddenly, causing the whole plant to die.