How to Grow Oregano Indoors

What You'll Need
Large planting pot with drainage hole
Potting soil
Sand (or perlite)
Garden lime
Pebbles or marbles

As popular as Italian food has become and as often as oregano is used in Italian cuisine, it would make sense that a lot of domestic chefs would want to grow fresh oregano in their indoor gardens. The truth is, not many of them do. One of the reasons may be that they don't know how to do it. If this explains your reason for not growing oregano in your home, you may want to follow these 6 steps for growing oregano indoors.

Step 1: Selecting the Right Plant

In purchasing a plant to grow in your indoor garden, choose one with new growth and bright leaves, one that is bushier than its neighbors.

Step 2: Selecting the Right Location

Your oregano plant will need at least 6 hours of good, strong sunlight but not direct sunlight that can burn the plant. Keep the plant near an east, south or west window where it will get better light. Monitoring your plant will help you determine if it is getting enough light. If you see the plant begin to lean toward the light, that will be a clue that you might need to move it closer to a window with more light. Browning of leaf edges suggests the plant is getting too much light.

Step 3: Choose a Growing Pot

Your growing pot should be bigger than the pot your plant was in when you purchased it. Be sure it has a drainage hole in the bottom. If the plant you're going to grow indoors was one you brought in from outdoors, your larger pot should be at least 6" in diameter.

Step 4: Choosing the Right Soil

Use quality soil. In buying a lower grade of soil, just to reduce your cost, you will risk reducing the quality of your oregano. You can add to its quality by including a good grade of sand or perlite, along with a small amount of garden lime (but only a pinch of lime). Before placing the soil in your pot, add enough marbles or pebbles to cover the bottom of the pot. This will help give it better drainage.

Step 5: Firming the Soil

When you have finished re-potting, press the soil down into the pot firmly enough that it will squeeze out any air bubbles that might be lying unseen inside the soil and could damage or destroy the plant's roots.

Step 6: Watering

After planting, or re-planting, water the oregano once each week. Check the plant often to see if the soil has begun pulling away from the pot's sides. This shrinking of the soil will indicate that the plant needs more water. If you see this pulling away of dirt, increase the watering to two times per week. In hotter and dryer months the plant may need more water than in cooler and more humid months.

Step 7: Harvesting

When using the leaves of the plant for seasoning, be careful during winter months not to use more than 50 percent of the leaves. Avoid trying to pull leaves off the plant, as this puts a strain on the plant and risks dislodging it roots.