Growing Marjoram is highly popular among gardeners due to it's wonderful aroma and spectacular flavor for seasoning. Although it tastes similar to oregano, it is quite a bit sweeter.

Marjoram is a perennial but is often grown as an annual and averages around one to two feet in height. The leaves are a grayish green with small white flowers.

What is the Best Environment for Marjoram?

This versatile little herb can be grown in pots, herb gardens or various other containers. It will grow in just about any soil with little water and wants full sun. Consider sandy soil because it drains very quickly and Marjoram likes good drainage.

How Should Marjoram Be Planted?

You should start growing the herb indoors for approximately six to eight weeks before the last frost. After this period, sow the seeds that are just beneath the soil surface. The seeds will germinate within ten days, then plant them outside once the risk of frost is no longer a danger. You should separate the plants a good eight inches apart when planting.

You do not need to use fertilizer, they will do very well on their own. Once the plants have become robust in growth, approximately 5 to 6 weeks after transplanting you may start harvesting.

How to Harvest:

Once the plants have reached 3 inches, you can starting harvesting. If you pick the shoots before their flowers open, you will get the best flavor from these herbs.

Drying the Herbs:

Marjoram offers the best aroma and highest level of flavor when dried. Take the cuttings and tie them together in small bunches. Hang them upside down in a well aired/ventilated dark area or room. Once the marjoram has dried out, remove the leaves and stems and store the rest. Do not crush them until you are ready to use them, then just take a small batch and enjoy. Do not crush them until you are ready to use them, then just take a small batch and enjoy.

Does Marjoram Suffer From Insects or Disease?

Once in a while marjoram will be attacked by fungal diseases and/or spider mites and aphids. You can use an insecticide soap or any variety of natural insect controllers.

You can help prevent diseases by providing good air circulation and by watering during sunny mornings in order for the leaves to dry out by evening. As mentioned earlier, a good sandy soil will allow quick drainage which will also help to keep diseases down.

Can I Grow Marjoram in Water?

You most certainly can grow this herb in water. This process is called hydroponics and is actually inexpensive and easy to do in small amounts.

What You will need:

  • 2 liter size plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Heavy duty tape - electrical or duct tape
  • A styrofoam cup
  • Screwdriver or pencil
  • Perlite
  • Seedings free of soil around the roots
  • Hydroponic nutrient solution

How To Put This All Together:

Take the bottle and cut the top off. You want to be sure that the whole is wide enough to hold the styrofoam cup. Also when cutting around the bottle keep it even because you want the cup to sit squarely in the whole without tipping on one side or another.

Take your heavy duty tape and cover along the top of the cut. You don't want sharp edges cutting into the cup once it's inserted in the whole. The tape will also help keep the cup in place.

Using your screwdriver or pencil, puncture some holes in the bottom and sides of the cup. These holes will allow the roots of the plant to get to the water.

Fill the cup almost to to the top with the perlite and then plant your seedling in the perlite. Again, make sure there is no soil on the roots, if there is, rinse the roots throughly but gently to remove all soil.

Now you are going to take your hydroponic nutrient solution and mix up enough to fill the bottle. As these solutions come in various concentrations be sure to follow the directions/instructions on the label carefully. You want to make sure that your solution is a normal strength and not more.

Fill the bottle with the mixed solution where it will reach the roots of your plant. Do not over fill the bottle so the roots are submerged under the solution. The roots of your plant must be able to get oxygen.

Set your plant-filled cup in the bottle and place the bottle in a bright area. Marjoram will grow nicely if it can absorb six or more hours of bright sunlight each day.

Notes:

  • Your hydroponic system will fit nicely on a windowsill or a counter area. If you do not have good natural light, you can use a fluorescent light.
  • The light should be hung four inches above the plants and should be adjusted as the plants increase their height.
  • Always keep your water high enough for the roots to reach it at all times.
  • Replace the water and nutrient solution every one to two weeks in order to insure a good chemical balance.
  • Should algae appear inside the bottle, remove it completely when you are changing out the water. Algae will take nutrients away from your plant.

Tip:

You can make your own hydroponic nutrient solution if you wish. Take a teaspoon of water soluble fertilizer and half a teaspoon of Epsom salts and mix in a half gallon of water.

In Conclusion:

Marjoram is a wonderful herb that will enhance your culinary delights. Its aroma and flavor is one of the finest amongst herbs. You can grow this delightful herb with very little effort if you simply follow the simple needs and care this plant requires. You might want to add oregano to your herbal garden as well. They are similar yet they are so exceptionally different with their own very special aroma and taste!

Bon Appetit!