Dittany of Crete - Plant
Common name: Origanum dictamnus
Bloom time: June to August
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Dittany of Crete can be grown in USDA growing zones 7 to 11 in full sun exposure. The plant can be propagated by seed in the early spring or by division in spring or fall. Seed germination takes about two weeks in a greenhouse. Plant the herb outside in early summer in containers such as hanging baskets, rockeries, or even as a green roof.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 20 °F (-6 °C)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- You may also take basal cuttings in summer when the shoots are 8 inches above ground.
- Pot them into individual containers and place them in a cold frame or greenhouse until the root system has matured, then plant them outside.
- Dittany of Crete is not particular about its soil but does prefer dry, warm, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline.
- Once the herb has established itself, it will need very little water.
Herb gardens. Edging. Borders. Effective in window boxes, hanging baskets or containers.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.
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