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Experiment with several types to find the flavor you like most.
Sprigs with small, rounded leaves and miniature blossoms make an attractive garnish.
Best Climate and Site
Zones 5-9. Full sun to light shade.
Ideal Soil Conditions
Well-drained, average garden soil; pH 6.0-7.0.
Sow seed shallowly indoors in winter for best germination; sow outdoors if soil temperature is above 45 deg F (7 deg C). Plant in clumps 1 foot (30 cm) apart. Prune regularly for best shape. Since seedlings wil not always produce the same flavor as the original plants, take cuttings or divide roots in early spring or fall for best results. Replenish the soil each spring with compost or well-rotted manure. Some varieties may not overwinter outdoors in cold climates.
Perennial; height 12-30 inches (30-75 cm); herbaceous and shrubby.
July to September; tubular, rose to white blossoms.
Pest and Disease Prevention
Plant in sandy soil to provide drainage and prevent root diseases. Wash away mites and aphids with a spray of water; spray with a botanical insecticide, like pyrethrin, for stubborn infestations.
Harvesting and Storing
Snip fresh sprigs as needed all summer; cut whole plant in June and again in late August; hang foliage in bunches to dry.
Other Common Names
Wild marjoram, pot marjoram.