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Origanum majorana

Marjoram is part of the Origanum genus and its scientific name is Origanum majorana.

Similar to oregano but with sweeter flavor. Attractive 12-24" plants with small white flowers. Softer leaves than oregano, with less spiciness and more of a camphor taste. Adaptable to a wide variety of recipes.

A low growing herb native to the Mediterranean.1

It is a flowering herb and is treated mainly as an annual/perennial, so it can grow either as a single season or multiple season plant.

Marjoram is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches).

Popular varieties of Marjoram with home gardeners are Sweet, Golden, Sweet Asti, vulgare variegata and aurea.

Marjoram is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Marjoram have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Marjoram

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Perennial in zones 6-8, but often grown as an annual. Annual in colder zones.
Plants prefer well-drained soil.

Trim plant when buds appear and before flowering in order to ensure continued growth. Marjoram may be divided in spring or fall.

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 6 to 10 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Marjoram requires a sandy soil with a ph of 6.7 - 7.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil. Keep in mind when planting that Marjoram is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Marjoram to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Marjoram from seed

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Marjoram about 49 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Marjoram

Plant out after danger of frost.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Marjoram is a half hardy plant.

How long does Marjoram take to grow?

These estimates for how long Marjoram takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Marjoram to germinate?
6 days

Average 6 days | Min 1 days | Max 15 days (37)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Marjoram?
+ 7 days

Average 7 days | Min 2 days | Max 101 days (8)

Days to Maturity How long until Marjoram is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 137 days

Average 137 days | Min 37 days | Max 311 days (9)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Marjoram?
= 150 days

When should I plant Marjoram?

Our when to plant Marjoram estimates are relative to your last frost date.

Enter your frost dates and we'll calculate your sowing and planting dates for you!

When to sow The number of days to sow Marjoram before or after your last frost date.
49 days before Last Frost Date

Marjoram Folklore & Trivia

anoint yourself with marjoram before sleeping you and you will dream of your future spouse 1

Other names for Marjoram

Sweet marjoram, Majoranka

Origanum majorana L.

Misspellings: Origanum vulgara

Latest Marjoram Reviews

  • This is doing really well in the EarthTainer – I think it likes less sun and more water than the internet says it does. Very vigorous and fragrant

    5 stars

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