Marjoram is one of the best herbs you can grow to add both flavor and fragrance in the kitchen or garden. Growing this herb plants are also great for attracting butterflies and other beneficial insects to the garden. Continue reading to learn how to grow marjoram.
Marjoram plant is an easy to grow herb and they are well suited for growing in containers as well as the garden. There are normally 3 varieties that are commonly grown which are sweet marjoram, pot marjoram, and wild marjoram (which is also known as common oregano). All types of marjoram plants are popular for use in the kitchen as seasoning for numerous dishes. Marjoram plants are also grown for their enticing fragrance.
Growing Marjoram Herbs
These plants are tender perennials, but they are typically treated as annuals as freezing temperatures can cause the plant serious injury or death. If you want to grow marjoram plants, it’s generally best to start the marjoram seeds indoors during late winter or early spring. Push the marjoram seeds just below the soil surface. The seedlings can actually be transplanted outdoors once all threat of frost has passed. The plant should be located in areas receiving full sun with light, well-drained soil. This plant can also be grown in containers indoors and treated as houseplants.
How to Care for Marjoram
Established marjoram plants actually require little care, other than occasional watering. Since the marjoram plant is tolerant of drought, the plant makes an exceptional plant for beginner herb growers. If you forget to water the plant, that’s okay. There’s no need for fertilizer either when growing marjoram plants. The plant is hardy enough to basically care for itself. During mild weather the marjoram plants grown indoors can be taken outside and then placed in a sunny location. The container-grown marjoram plants should always be moved indoors or to another sheltered location once cold temperatures or frost is imminent.
Harvesting and Drying Marjoram Herbs
In addition to growing marjoram plants for aesthetic purposes, a lot of people harvest the plant for use in the kitchen. When harvesting the marjoram plant, pick the shoots just before the flowers begin to open. This will results to best flavor, as fully opened blooms produce a bitter taste. Bundle the marjoram cuttings and then hang them upside down in a dark, dry, well-ventilated area. If you know how to grow marjoram herbs, you can easily add it to your herb garden.