How to Grow Marjoram – A Beginner’s Guide

marjoram plant growing in garden
Marjoram, which are known botanically as Origanum majorana, are a type of herb that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing marjoram as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Marjoram

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the marjoram seeds indoors in early spring, transplant outdoors after the last frost. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when marjoram are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Marjoram the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing marjoram in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your marjoram grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained and fertile, with added organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 6.0 to 7.0.

1/4″ deep, 6″ apart in rows 18″ apart. 1/4″ deep, 6″ apart in rows 18″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 6-12″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your marjoram seedlings 8-12″ apart when seedlings are 2-3″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Marjoram

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your marjoram. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your marjoram should be getting full sun

How Much to Water Marjoram

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your marjoram do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your marjoram begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Marjoram to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your marjoram grow.

It takes approximately 7-14 days to germinate, and a total of 60-70 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Marjoram

The best time to harvest your marjoram is just before the plant starts to flower.

Marjoram can grow up to about 12-24″ tall.

What Can Marjoram Be Used For?

Food Use: great for seasoning meats, sauces, and salads.

Flavor Profile: warm, sweet, and slightly bitter.

Can Marjoram Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you can plant 1 plant per 8-12″ container. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your marjoram around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Marjoram Safe for Bees?

Yes, marjoram are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing marjoram is bee-friendly.

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