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Littlegirl
Aug 7, 2013 1:22 PM CST
I live in the foothills of Central CA--and cannot grow this plant---It just burns up---should I just give up?---The regular Oregano thrives here---Help
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 7, 2013 3:11 PM CST
Shade?

Drip irrigation on a timer, watering it briefly several times per day?

I'm just guessing. I think the classic answer would be to find some heat-tolerant desert plant that looks somewhat like what you wanted.

Name: Evan
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2013 9:02 PM CST

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Welcome! Littlegirl
Is this your plant Ornamental Oregano (Origanum laevigatum)?
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Aug 8, 2013 7:49 AM CST

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If this is the plant I'd think it would be able to handle your climate since it's native to the eastern Med. Like Rick said, maybe a little TLC the first year until it gets established.
Evan

Littlegirl
Aug 8, 2013 2:53 PM CST
Thanks for your input---Some answers were I cannot grow it here some were yes I can----So I guess I will try it as a house plant during the hot-hot weather here----100plus for over 10days and very low humidity ---Thanks----Little Girl
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chelle
Aug 9, 2013 5:25 AM CST
Hi, Littlegirl. Welcome! to ATP!

Is it just the top growth that's burning up, or are the roots dead, too? Is it planted with compost and/or protected with mulch?

One option that we use heavily here might be to grow it with mid-sized companion plants placed directly southwest and west of the troubled plant. Some plants that are otherwise burn-prone can be grown very successfully this way. Or, you might try growing it in a container. During the hottest part of the season, simply move it to an east-facing, protected location.
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