This easy to grow herb is a must-have for the culinary garden
This perfumed Mediterranean herb is at its best when harvested fresh from the garden, with a complex, sweeter pungency than its more assertive cousin, Oregano. Marjoram is easy to grow from seed and forms an attractive mound of small-leaved green sprigs. This versatile kitchen companion combines well with garlic, onions, thyme, basil and bay leaves. It is the herb of choice for flavoring cheese and egg dishes, herb breads and stuffing.Lamiaceae Origanum majorana
Marjoram is one of the most fragrant herbs known. The plant fills the air with scent even when gently brushed against. Marjoram is a close relative of Oregano, but sweeter and more aromatic. The herb is grown as a perennial in areas with milder winters, and as an annual in areas with colder winters.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Growing Habit
- Half Hardy
This tender perennial prefers full sunlight and thrives in warm daytime temperatures in the 70 °F range. If winters are very cold you may want to pot it up and bring it inside for winter. It does well on a kitchen windowsill.
- Spring Transplant
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cool, Warm, Hot
Oregano prefers light, well-drained, moderately fertile soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly, but moderately.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before frost or sow seed directly after last frost, when soils have reached at least 60˚ F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm, Hot)
Marjoram is native to the Mediterranean, and prefers to be placed in full sun.
Marjoram is adapted to a Mediterranean climate and suffers more from too much water than not enough.
Marjoram should be grown in soil that is lightly fertilized.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, High heat
- Small Gardens?
Marjoram is perfectly suited for container growing, as long as the roots have at least 6" of growing space. Make sure to choose a container that drains well and fill with regular potting soil. Water when the soil becomes dry. Place in full sun. Trim regularly.Marjoram will happily live in a container for the long term, but you should transfer to a larger pot before the roots rot.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Sweet and complex.