You could really do both... I've found the leaves are generally larger on the stems before the plant goes to flower...And it gets fairly tall... Also trimming would encourage new growth... But last year, I let it all go to flower because I had so much and it had literally hundreds of bees on it all the time...It was wonderful to watch... One of the great beneficial attractors...
When you do harvest, harvest early in the day...
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Post by pepperhead212 on May 12, 2018 21:30:30 GMT -5
I got the Syrian oregano with my Richter's order, and it is growing well now. It has a strong thyme scent. And I just noticed the Cleopatra seeds sprouting, with a bunch of tiny seedlings down there. I'll keep you updated on those.
Post by pepperhead212 on Sept 8, 2018 23:30:10 GMT -5
Here's that Syrian oregano - the Cleopatra didn't cooperate, partly because I wasn't walking up and down steps much back then, so I was neglecting things somewhat. But this variety did great, and got so large in the junior Earthbox that I had to trim it down. Here it is after I trimmed it: IMG_20180907_150210582 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
And here are the dried leaves, which were easy to strip, with few stems coming off with them. All those trimmings produced a generous 1/2 c of leaves: IMG_20180908_162842831 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
This herb has a wonderful flavor, with a generous amount of thymol in the flavoring oils - the reason for the name I first saw on one of these plants years ago: Thyme Scented Oregano. Being a species of oregano, it is a perennial, and that first one I got I left outside for several years, until it was killed by record cold, one winter.
I'm wondering if I will get any volunteers next year, since I just tossed the flower trimmings into the lawn. Would be better than most weeds! lol