Gardening

How to plant marjoram

Origanum majorana

Marjoram is a perennial plant that reaches from 30 cm to 60 cm in height, and is very popular as a culinary herb. Similar in appearance to oregano, marjoram has a milder and more delicate flavor.

Climate

Marjoram is a plant that grows best in mild or warm weather, and cannot withstand temperatures below 10 ° C.

Brightness

Marjoram should receive direct sunlight for at least a few hours daily. Marjoram will have more aroma and better flavor if grown in full sun all day.

Ground

The soil must be well drained, fertile and rich in organic matter. The plant grows best in calcareous soils with a slightly alkaline or neutral pH, but is quite tolerant in terms of pH and soil type.

Irrigation

Irrigate frequently so that the soil is kept slightly moist. Both the lack and the excess of water harm marjoram.

Planting

Marjoram can be grown from seeds or cuttings. The seeds can be sown directly in the definitive location of the garden, or they can be sown in seedlings, small pots or cups made of newsprint approximately 10 cm high and 5 cm in diameter, no more than 0.5 cm deep . Marjoram seedlings are transplanted when they are large enough to be handled without damage. Seed germination usually takes two to four weeks.

Planting by cutting, that is, by cut branches from healthy adult plants, is done by cutting branches at least 10 cm long. About two-thirds of the length of the branch should be buried in moist soil. The ideal is to plant the branches in pots kept in a cool and well-lit place, but without direct sunlight, until the seedlings have rooted well.

The spacing between the plants can generally be 20 cm, with 30 to 40 cm between the planting lines.

Marjoram can also be grown easily in medium or large sized planters and pots.

Cultivation

Remove invasive plants that are competing for nutrients and other resources.

Harvest

Harvesting of marjoram leaves can begin from 60 to 90 days after planting. Harvest the leaves individually when necessary or harvest the branches above 10 cm from the soil, to allow the plant to sprout. Flowers are also used as a condiment, and should be picked as soon as they open.

Fresh leaves and flowers can be left to dry in a dark, dry, well-ventilated place. Dried leaves and flowers have a more intense flavor than fresh ones.

Marjoram produces well for 2 or 3 years (or even longer) if grown under suitable conditions. In cold winter regions, the plant is grown as an annual.

Related posts

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *

Botón volver arriba