The forest of oregano

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  1. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Through the years the oregano has multiplied to a couple hundred plants. I never lack for the stuff. Now it is going to flower. I was wondering....should I cut the flowers off? Will I benefit from stronger plants? Normally I just let the plants do their thing. Maybe that is why I have a forest of plants. How do other people handle their oregano?

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    Jerry, I harvest ours so often that it's never flowered. I have found, however, with other herbs that after flowering the flavor changes, usually not for the better.
    If you can, whack the flowers off half the plants and let the others do their thing. See what happens. Gardening is a constant learning experience!
     
  4. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Done!! The Queen of hearts would be envious....OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!! The other half is shaking in their roots.(pun intended). The air is permeated with the smell of oregano. :)

    Jerry
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Oregano is doing very well here this year. I usually cut of the blooms as soon as the color fades.
     



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    We have oregano growing wild everywhere and sometimes we even harvest it as the flowering is just beginning or even better, just as the flowerbuds are starting to form. Normally a sunny warm day is best.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I have no idea what is the "right" way to deal with the flowers but I dry them right along with the leaves. I love the look of them in the jar. Despite my neglect oregano is the herb that has spread when others have succumbed.
     
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    I just let mine do their thing and cut off the dead stems the following spring. Mine are always covered in bees.
     
  9. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Not to be left out of the flowering festivities, the decapitated oregano regrew their heads and proceeded to flower. The plants appear to be of a single mind and will not be deterred from flowering.

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