Instructions - Oregano Herb Kit
Planting Directions for the Jiffy Pellets:
General Information about Growing Herbs
- Herbs like sun. They need 5 or more hours of direct sunlight. If you already have grow lights, use them--or set the herbs near a window where they will get at least 4 to 5 hours of sun.
- After transplanting the herb, soil must be kept moist. After this, herbs dislike always being in extremely wet soil. It is best to put pebbles in the bottom of each pot so that they will be well drained. So the main thing your herbs need are adequate light, warm temperatures, fertilizer (later in the growing stage) and humidity.
- Most of the herbs we have included in this kit, are compact and low growing and therefore suitable for container growing. Keeping the plant bushy instead of letting it get tall and gangly is accomplished by pinching off the terminal ends (use the ends each time to flavor your foods or make your teas).
- Herbs prefer warm temperatures of about 65 to 70 degrees. If the air in your house is not particularly humid, misting the herbs once or twice during the day will suffice. Once your herbs have reached two to three inches in height, let the soil dry out between watering. Too much water can kill the herbs. Feel the soil. It should be dry to about an inch down. Then water with warm water instead of cold.
- After your herbs have reached maturity, they can be fertilized. Mix about a tablespoon of Elemite with your water and water with this.
- Possible problems: Insects- Put a few drops of dish detergent in a spray bottle. Fill with water and spray on plants. Plants can get too thick after awhile and need thinning. Plants can be over watered.
General Things to think about:
- Read the instruction on each package before you plant. Some seeds need to be frozen overnight or longer before planting. Also, sometimes your herbs will sprout faster if you soak them for 2 to 3 hours before planting.
- Once you transfer to a container for growing inside, put pebbles into the bottom of each pot before adding soil. (1/2 to l inch deep) Fill pots with growing medium. Label each herb.
- From this point on, watch your plants grow. Only water when the soil is dry one inch down. After they have reached six to 12 inches tall, pinch off terminal ends to keep the plant bushy.
- Water when soil 1 inch down is dry.
- Pinch off terminal ends of plants to keep herbs bushy.
- The transfer of herbs should be to a large (clay if available) pot.
- Gradually use your herbs to cook with, flavor your salads, etc. or make tea.
- Plant: Soak seed overnight, and plant about 1/16 an inch deep.
- Germination: Seeds take 15 to 20 days to sprout. (sprouting is erratic)
- Transplant: Space plants about 18 inches apart after the last frost of the season.
- Soil and light: Transplant to a sunny spot that is well drained.
- Maturation: Takes 85 to 90 days to mature.