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(Growing conditions) Cuban oregano – The Vicks plant

Propagated pot of Cuban oregano

When I first got to hear about the Cuban oregano, I was less than impressed. That stemmed from the fact that I’d equated it with the typical oregano, which I hated the taste and smell of.

But when I got my hands on it, I fell in love. Hard.

Why?

Because of the utterly FUZZY leaves.

For those who are new to this blog, I profess and confess to having an extremely weak spot for anything fuzzy and soft – soft toys, towels, and plants.

With my failed attempts at growing various gesneriads for their fuzz, I gladly accepted the Cuban oregano when they were given to me as gifts.

I placed my two pots in bright shade to dappled sunlight, and watered them twice a week since I’ve heard they don’t like excessive water. Strangely enough, they get random yellowing of leaves every day. It’s not near enough to cause me alarm (about five leaves in an EXTREMELY bushy pot), but I thought that I should play it safe and propagate it.

It propagates easily through stem cuttings, with roots growing readily when placed in water. Kinda like mints.

I did some research and websites claim that the Cuban oregano is mainly used for flavoring food. But, with the pleasant smell of Vicks medicated oil and their fuzzy leaves, I’m quite sure I don’t have the heart to use it for anything other than enjoy its scent and the texture of its leaves a few times every day.


Soil mix: A well-draining soil mix
Watering: Twice a week
Fertilizing: Weekly vermicast or organic fertilizer
Sunlight: Bright shade to dappled sunlight
Propagation: Stem cuttings placed in water