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How to Grow Marjoram Herb

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Perennial, Marjorana Hortensis

Marjoram is a cooking herb, most notably used in French cuisine. Home gardeners often grow Marjoram plants in their herb gardens. A member of the Mint family, it is related to Oregano. Marjoram leaves have a sweet flavor.

Marjoram is native to North Africa and Southwest Asia. It grows in dry, arid areas. Mature Marjoram plants are easy to grow. Mature plants grow two to four feet.

Marjoram can be grown in the herb garden, in a windowsill planter, or in containers on your patio or deck. They are a good indoor houseplant when small.

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How to Grow Marjoram Plants:

Grow Marjoram in full sun, and a well drained soil. Plants do well in average soils, and tolerate dry soil conditions.

Marjoram are grown from seed. It's popular to start these plants indoors in late winter as a houseplant. You will be harvesting leaves before spring. In the spring, plants can be transplanted outdoors after all danger of frost.

Sow seeds directly into your herb garden early in the season. Cover lightly with soil. Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart, in rows 18 inches apart.

Do not add fertilizer to this plant, and it will produce stronger flavor.

Water them during dry periods, once every week or two.

Pick flower buds as soon as they appear. The leaves turn bitter after flowers bloom.

Harvest young, tender leaves, as they are best for flavor. Pick them in the morning when the oils are strongest. Spread leaves out to dry in a cool and ventilated area. Leaves can also be put in the freezer for later use. More information on harvesting and drying herbs.

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Uses of Marjoram:

Marjoram used in cooking for soups, stews,vegetables, stuffings, salads, cheese, eggplant, and meats.

It has also been used in perfumes.

To ancient Egyptians, Marjoram was considered a symbol of happiness.

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