Last summer I purchased fresh oregano from the produce department at the grocery store with the intention to start new plants from the sprigs.
It was not long after the pandemic had begun and I had decided to do all my shopping online and pick up or have everything delivered, rather than going to the store and risking getting Covid19. See Walmart Grocery Shopping Online & Pick-Up Experience and Follow-Up On Walmart Grocery Pick-Up
You get quite a few herb sprigs in the package so I figured I could propagate quite a few plants out of the minimal cost of the package saving money and time shopping for plants.
Plus it’s fun to propagate plants, in my opinion.
After taking the sprigs out of the package, I chose the healthiest looking ones to use for propagation and hung the rest to dry to use for cooking or tea later.
Then I re-cut all of the stems that I wanted to propagate and stripped the bottom leaves off of the stems (that is where roots will form later) and put them into a glass of water and then onto my sunny kitchen windowsill. You don’t want any leaves under water because they will rot so be sure to take the leaves off of the area of the stem that will be under water.
Within a couple of weeks, some formed roots, then others formed roots a little later.
After there was a good root system going, I planted the ones that rooted into containers and set them on my front porch to harden off (get used to outdoor weather).
After a week on the porch, I planted them into the garden and now, a year later, I have a few good sized plants to harvest from.
Here is a picture:
If you have a friend or relative with an oregano plant, you can do the same process, but skip the grocery store and propagate your plants for free.
Or you can purchase cuttings from me here: Plant Cuttings For Sale
Do you have any frugal gardening tips to share? Do you grow and use Oregano and if so, how do you use it? Please share your comments below.
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