oregano growing out not up

lilionMarch 18, 2012

Our freakishly warm winter let my oregano survive, but last year it never got tall, it spread like ground cover, with the stems rooting down all along it. Is there a way to make it grow up, instead of down? Would it help if I gently pull up the runners and put mulch or newspaper under them? Thanks!

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Sounds like you have true greek oregano which is a creeper and many people(including me)prefer the flavor to common oregano. It will eventually put out upright stems with white flowers, but they won't get too tall as you noticed.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 3:11PM
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My oregano only gets tall during the warm weather. Yes ! it loves to run which is just fine if you find friends who also enjoy this herb. I believe it is hardy up to and including Zone 5. In 3 years my oregano went from a 3 inch pot to a four foot by four foot bed. I found that when it gets tall and is not cut back you end up with a lot of dead shoots come the next spring season. They will need to be cut back or you will have a messy looking herb bed. It does not effect the rest of the plant it is only unattractive looking.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 10:26AM
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