Oregano question

emily928August 20, 2010

The leaves of my greek oregano have almost all turned a reddish color. They don't look brown or crunchy or anything, just sort of a deep red mixed with the green. Is this normal for this plant? I don't have any experience with oregano. If not, what could it be, and can I still rescue it?

Also, I'm about to plant a few new things in containers, and I think I have a bag of miracle gro potting soil in the garage, but from a couple of things I just read on this board, I may be better off tossing the stuff. What should I use instead? (I don't know if I have the patience/time to make my own mix of all sorts of different stuff - is there anything commercially available that does a decent job?)

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Some oregano like Zorba red does have leaves that are a purplish red. If you cannot see anything that is causing the color change, it may be that the plant has just matured to it's true color. Look up your variety and see if this is the case.

As for soil--the best soil for seed starting and growing in pots is Pro Mix BX. It is the only thing I use in my greenhouse. Small bags are expensive though. I buy mine in a 2.8 cubic foot bale.

I don't know if you have it in the states but Presidents choice magic soil is good. I wouldn't throw out your miracle grow. Instead I'd mix it with a regular potting soil. The big problem with Miracle grow soil is that it has too many polymers that hold water and it's easy to overwater. Spread out over a larger area though it would be OK

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 8:31AM
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