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Can my oregano be resurrected?

bapw163bapw163 Posts: 38
Hello, I chopped my abundant oregano right down at the start of spring bit now it's a woody desert with signs of life on some tips.
Do those signs of life indicate its worth persevering with or should I call it quits?
Any help gratefully received, as well as advice on how to prune herbs because it feels like I'm doing it wrong by hacking loads off at once as it always seems to result in no new growth. 


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,166
    I'd put it in the ground. They usually look scraggy  early spring and produce fresh leaves a little later.  That one will leaf up soon. If you keep it in the pot, keep it damp but don't drown it. They're pretty hard to kill😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,027
    Looks as if there's plenty of fresh growth low down @bapw163 :)
    You can probably take off all that dead growth now, as it isn't doing anything for the plant. It isn't reliably hardy in the UK though, so it's worth taking cuttings every so often to replenish your stock.
    Is that cyclamen in the pot with it? If so, I'd take those out and replant them on their own somewhere. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,164
    While you have it out of the pot to get the cyclamen out, take some soil off the bottom of the rootball. Drop it back in the pot and top up with some gritty compost. This should spark it into re-growth.  
    AB Still learning

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,245
    I've got quite a lot of oregano around the garden - it self seeds everywhere.
    I chop all the old stems back as close to the ground as I can and it soon regrows from beneath the soil.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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