Growing Marjoram Herb Seeds
Marjoram is a tender perennial in zones 9 to 10 but is grown as an annual in Northern climates. Sweet and fragrant, marjoram is used both as a culinary herb and medicinally. It was reputedly created by Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. Don’t confuse marjoram with oregano. They are quite different in both flavor and growth.
Days to Maturity: Tender Perennial (Annual in northern climates 60-85)
Hardiness Zone: 9 -10
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Plant Spacing: 6-12”
Growth Habit: Upright
Soil Preference: Sandy, well-drained yet fertile
Temp Preference: Warm
Light Preference: Full sun
Color: Light green with lilac/white flower-knots
Flavor: Warm spice and sweet woody notes
Sowing and Growing
This herb has an aversion to the cold, so it’s best to start these seeds indoors in early spring. Once the threat of frost is over, you can transplant the seedlings outdoors by planting them 12 inches apart or in a pot with well-drained soil, where they can receive full sun. Marjoram seeds will germinate in 1 to 2 weeks and need regular water. With their rounded, flat green leaves, marjoram can be trimmed back at flowering for renewed growth.
Marjoram can be used fresh or dried. Pick leaves as needed, never taking more than ⅓ of the plant. Flowering stems can be used as a tea for headaches and simple gastrointestinal distress. Make sure to store leaves in an airtight container and use them before a new growing season arrives.
- 500 mg - Approximately 2,000 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 125,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 500,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 2,000,600 Seeds