How to harvest oregano

Asked April 30, 2019, 10:57 AM EDT

Should oregano be harvested before the flowers bloom or does it make no difference whether it is harvested before or after blooming? Should the leaves be pulled off of the stems and only the leaves be eaten or may the stems be cut and both the leaves and stems be eaten?

Charles County Maryland herbs oregano

1 Response

You can harvest oregano before it flowers. Begin harvesting the herb when the plant has enough foliage to maintain growth. Up to 75% of the current season's growth can be harvested at one time. Harvest early in the morning, after the dew dries, but before the heat of the day. You should pull the leaves off the stem especially if you eating it fresh like in a salad.

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