Anyone grown Oregano Kent Beauty?

decogrlDecember 8, 2006

I just purchased 4 plants and it says they are tender perrenials. I plan to keep them in my sunroom. I am in Northern VA. When is it safe to put them out spring or summer? What are the ideal growing conditions? I have seen these in pictures in containers and they look sooo pretty. Thought I'd give them a shot since I got them 1/h price.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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slubberdegulion(z7 VA)

Well, nobody else is going to jump in, so... I bought some 'Kent Beauty' this spring and planted it along a retaining wall and a narrow sloping bed. So, I don't know how it'll do in the long run.

I thought it was hardy here, but may be mistaken. I'm sure you already know that you can do a web search for it. Lots of on-line nurseries sell it and they all seem to have different things to say about it.

I do know that mine suffered when I planted it. The weather was dry and the plants wanted more water than I was able/willing to haul out to them. However, once they began to establish themselves they weathered the droughty conditions just fine.

A few plants that received less than full sun (due to overshadowing by larger plants) didn't do as well as the ones that did.

I suppose I'll wait and see if they come back up this spring.


    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 7:32PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Do come back to this post and let us know if they made it through the winter. Did you mulch extra-heavily? I've always considered it too tender to overwinter here, and maybe I should have been more willing to try it -- of course, the many rosemary plants that have succombed in my garden do leave me a bit dubious about similar 'tender perennial' herbs. The only things I know for sure is that in my garden, they require extra-efficient drainage (and the extra watering that is in conjunction) and full sun.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 7:33AM
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slubberdegulion(z7 VA)

Will do, one clump is actually below/around a rosemary (which does well here believe it or not).

I haven't mulched because tunic flower clumps and alpine strawberries are the other ground cover plants in the retaining wall bed, both expire quickly if covered over. The other border bed is somewhat mulched by plant matter that I'll leave until spring, maybe there will be a difference.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 11:28AM
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