If you are looking for a beautiful and versatile herb to add to your garden, consider Santa Cruz oregano. This exceptional herb is easy to grow and we propagated 3,000 cuttings last week at Creekside Farms. This oregano is a hardy herb that not only adds a splash of color to your garden, but it can also be used in many floral arrangements.
Propagation is the process of creating new plants from existing ones. It's a great way to expand your herb garden without having to purchase new plants. Here's how to propagate Santa Cruz oregano and actually most culinary and decorative herbs. Since we grow on a larger scale, we use growth cubes in our process instead of soil. Both work well.
Choose healthy plants. Look for healthy herb plants that are free from pests and disease. Choose plants with strong stems and plenty of foliage.
- Take cuttings: Using clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears, take cuttings from the stems of the Santa Cruz oregano plants. Cuttings should be around 3-4 inches long and taken from the newer growth at the top of the plant.
- Remove lower leaves: Strip the lower leaves from the cuttings, leaving only a few leaves at the top.
- Dip in rooting hormone: Dip the cuttings into a rooting hormone to encourage root growth. Rooting hormone can be found at your local gardening center.
- Plant in soil: Fill a small pot with a well-draining potting mix. Insert the cuttings into the soil, burying the bottom 1-2 inches of the stem.
- Water: Water the cuttings thoroughly and place them in a warm, bright location. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
- Wait for roots to grow: In a few weeks, you should see new growth and the development of roots. Once the roots have developed, you can transplant the new plants into your garden or into larger pots.
At Creekside Farms, we believe that growing your own herbs is not only rewarding but also a great way to add flavor and nutrition to your meals. Santa Cruz Oregano, while not a culinary herb, adds beauty to your garden and also your home when you bring it indoors to be used in floral arrangements. So why not try propagating Santa Cruz oregano or other culinary herbs and enjoy the benefits of amazing herbs all year long?