Botanical Name: Origanum majorana
Native: Cyprus and Turkey
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9 and 10, but most often grown as an annual.
Plant Dimensions: 12"–18" tall, 12" wide
Variety Information: Marjoram is oregano's calmer, sweeter fraternal twin. Its flavor is described as delicate and floral, while oregano is zesty, lemony, and slightly peppery. The two are often used interchangeably, though marjoram is better suited to lighter dishes like chicken and seafood, while oregano is best paired with heartier dishes like tomato based sauces and grilled meats.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date.
When to Sow Inside: RECOMMENDED (seed is very small). 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65°–75°F.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12"
Row Spacing: 18"
Thinning: Thin to 1 every 12"
Harvesting: Leaves, flowers, or sprigs can be picked any time plant is at least 6" high.