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oregano growing out not up

Posted by alys Zone 5-6 - MO (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 18, 12 at 14:53

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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RE: oregano growing out not up

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.

RE: oregano growing out not up

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.

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