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How to Grow Marjoram

Growing marjoram in Containers, Gardens &Allotments

Latin Name Origanum marjorana
Type of Plant Half Hardy Annual
Suitable for Containers, Growbags, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Dimensions

Height up to 30cm/12 inches - Spread up to 30cm/12 inches

Where to Sow

Indoors/Outdoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter or directly in the ground in sun or partial shade. 


Sowing time

Outdoors - April/May - temperature   +16C/61F.  

Indoors - 6 weeks before the end of frosts


How to Sow

In open ground or 7.5cm/3" pots very thinly. Press into soil surface


After Germination

Because the seeds are so tiny it is difficult to space individual plants.  Transplant clumps of 3 - 5 seedlings every 6 - 8 inches in the open.


Thin to 3 clumps x 3-4 plants per 7.5cm/3" pot.


Growing on -  in Pots

When 5cm/2-inches transplant 1 clump per 15cm/6 inch pot.

 Harden off  plants raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on -  in open ground and growbags

Harden off  plants raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.


When 5cm/2-inches tall, thin or plant out to one clump 30cm/12-inches 30cm/12 inches apart. 


Leaves can be harvested anytime. Cut the leafy stems at flowering for drying.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to Brassicas

Repels Cabbage Fly


Can be used as a substitute for Oregano in most dishes. Also good  sprinkled on pizzas and Vegetable dishes

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