Marjoram Germination Information

Marjoram Seed Germination How to Sow Marjoram:

  • Best sown indoors at a temperature of 68-70°
  • NO cover is needed as light aids in germination
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in situ with barely any cover
  • Sow outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring, but after all danger of frost is past
  • Indoors and out, expect germination in 10-15 days
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Marjoram:
Transplanting: If sown indoors, transplant outdoors when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Plant seedlings 18 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in a neutral to alkaline (pH 6-8), light, well-drained soil

Additional Care: If division is necessary, do so in the fall. Pinch new growth to keep plants compact and to promote multiple branching. In cold climates it is grown outdoors as an annual, but it can be brought indoors to overwinter in a cool greenhouse or cold frame

Appearance and Use:

A close relative of Oregano, plants could be mistaken for such in appearance and flavor. Plants grow 12-24 inches tall and spread 12-24 inches wide. White or pink flowers appear in mid-summer to mid-autumn. Round, downy, gray-green leaves are attached to wiry, red-brown stems. The edible leaves are reminiscent of Oregano, but are slightly sweeter and more delicate in flavor. Pick leaves at any time for fresh use. Harvest just before flowering when they are to be dried and stored. Take only 1/3 of the growth as plants resent drastic pruning


About Marjoram:
Botanical name: Origanum majorana
Pronunciation:  o-rig’å-num ma-jo-ra’nå
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to the Mediterranean