How to Grow Sweet Marjoram Herb Plants
Perennial, Marjorana Hortensis
You may recognize Marjoram as a common herb in French cooking. While the
Italian cuisine has Oregano, the French palette prefers the sweeter Marjoram
Marjoram is a very close relative of Oregano. It is a member of the Mint
family, and is native to North Africa and Southwest Asia. It thrives in dry,
arid regions, and it grows two to four feet. In ancient Egyptian culture,
Marjoram was a symbol of happiness.
Marjoram can be grown as a houseplant while still small. Place it in a sunny
window. After your have enjoyed it all winter, plant it outdoors after all
danger of frost.
If you have limited space, try this herb in a container on your patio or
Marjoram plants are grown from seed. Get an early start on this popular herb
by starting it indoors as a houseplant. Or, directly sow Marjoram seeds into
your garden in the spring.
Sow Marjoram seeds early in the season and cover lightly with soil.
Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart, in rows 18 inches apart.
How to Grow Marjoram Plants:
Growing Marjoram is easy. Marjoram plants prefer full sun and a well drained
soil. They will do well in average soils, and tolerate dry soil conditions.
Being native to arid regions, Marjoram withstands droughts very well. Water
plants during dry periods, once every week or two.
Important Note: Do not add fertilizer to this plant, and it will produce
Pick flower buds as soon as they appear. The leaves turn bitter after flowers
Harvest leaves at any time after the plant has produced a few dozen leaves.
Pick the young, tender leaves, as they are best for flavor. Pick them in
the morning when the oils are strongest. Spread leaves out to dry in a cool
and ventilated area. Leaves can also be put in the freezer for later use.
Marjoram used in cooking for soups, stews,vegetables, stuffings, salads,
cheese, eggplant, and meats.
It has also been used in perfumes.
To ancient Egyptians, Marjoram was considered a symbol of happiness.
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