Growing Marjoram Indoors is easier than growing herbs outside. Marjorams leaves will stay green and the plant grows very well with very little care from you. You can even start growing marjoram in pots indoors for an indoor herb garden. Marjorams has many varieties with different colors and flavors. I love growing marjoram because it is so versatile, my herb garden is always full!
Planting Marjorams Indoors – You can start growing Marjorams indoors in autumn, the tender leaves should be plucked off just before they begin to wilt. Keep it out in a window that gets a good amount of light. When spring comes, transplant it outdoors after the last frosts have passed. Marjorams do not like the extreme cold, so you may want to keep them in a warm room during the summer to keep their flavor fresh.
Planting Marjors in pots – Place three leaves together about an inch apart. Place them about six to eight inches away from each other. In the fall you will have to repot this Marjorams potted plant into a container for the growing season. Pots should be located where the flowers start to bloom. Do not place the pots too close to each other; they will overheat. Repotting often keeps the plant healthy.
Growing Marjoram on a stake – This variety will tolerate some frost. However, in the wintertime the leaves and flowers drop, and as soon as you see the leaves and flowers drop, prune them. Remove about one-fourth of the stems on a weekly basis, or as required by the type of plant. Remove all of the leaves and flowers except for a blooming flower at the top of the stems. In the springtime, re-pot this plant for another growing season. Remember to fertilize this plant every few weeks.
Using Pruning Shears – Remove the entire tops of the stems and discard them. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut through the stems and keep cutting until all of the leaves and roots are removed. This will stunt growth, but will ensure the plants stay healthy and the blossoms stay on top. Mowing the stems will help control the height and prevent the herbs from dropping. The flowers can then be removed easily.
Growing Marjoram in Soil – This variety likes full sun, high moisture, well drained soil. So if you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, your marjorams will suffer. Watering is not needed, but regular watering will help keep the roots from drying out and encourages new growth. If the soil has lost moisture, it may need to be enriched with organic products, such as liquid fertilizer. Some varieties of marjoram do better if they have a protective covering of mulch applied when the flowers come out. You can also use natural mulches such as shredded pine needles to prevent dryness.
Caring for Growing Marjoram – Like all herbs, marjoram should be kept on a strict routine. The first step is to remove all of the leaves and stems from the root ball. Once the leaves and stems are removed from the plant should be cleaned thoroughly to get any decaying matter out. Moisture levels in the soil should be replenished by using a water sprayer or watering can.
For the most beautiful marjoram, the best results come when the marjoram has been dug up, and the roots are brushed out. This will allow the plant to grow in a new environment, with more space to absorb excess water and help it stay healthy. Small growing containers work great for this, and will save you money when you are ready to purchase a large container of marjoram soil. Once the roots are established, keeping the marjoram plant growing will be easy and inexpensive.