a flowering marjoram herb plant, with a hoverfly on it's flowers.


Marjoram is a perennial, evergreen herb, providing leaves for cooking all year round. The pretty flowers are loved by pollinators.
Growing calendar
Sow indoors Mar - Apr
Plant out/transplant May - Jun
Harvest May - Sep

How to grow marjoram

Sow marjoram on the soil surface in pots and transplant seedings to 25cm apart. You can also dig up and split established clumps of marjoram in the spring.

Choose well drained soil in a sunny site.

Water marjoram well until it has established.

Harvesting and using marjoram

Pick marjoram leaves before the flower buds open for using fresh or for freezing or drying. Marjoram is evergreen so will keep a mat of leaves over winter. It is a perennial herb so will crop year after year.

Tips on growing marjoram

Remove growing tips to encourage bushy plants and cut back stems to 5cm in late summer to prompt new leaves for winter protection.

Growing notes
Difficulty Moderate
Germination time 10-20 days
Average time to harvest From 16 weeks
Equipment needed None
Average plant size 45cm tall and wide
Family group to grow with Lamiaceae: basil, thyme
Seed saving notes Perennial, can cross-pollinate
Key nutritional content Dried - calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin A