Origanum Majorana Marjoram also called as marjoram is a type of oregano herb.
Marjoram is a perennial herb also known as origanum. The plant is similar to oregano plant. They can add fragrance as well as flavor in your garden.
They belong to the family of Lamiaceae.
It is native to Mediterranean regions. You can grow it in the pot or in a container.
The plant has low maintenance.
The plant is covered with thin grey color leaves. They need a moist environment with moderate climate.
The plant can be harvested with flowers and leaves at any time.
The plant is drought tolerant. They need occasional watering. 3 to 4 cups of water are good for the plant.
Don't let your plant freeze or get affected by frost as it can cause serious injury or death of the plant.
Usually, there are three types of marjoram-pot marjoram, knotted marjoram, and sweet marjoram. there are many other varieties of the plant.
A well-draining soil is required by the plant. The plant wants slightly alkaline soil. You can have soil with a ph of 6.7 to 7.5.
Add manure to the soil before planting the soil. This helps with the soil release capacity of the plant. You can grow the plant a bit apart like around 14 inches apart between the plants for better air circulation in the soil.
They are the best plant as the ground covers. They prevent soil erosion and stimulate the growth of the plant.
The plant needs the partial sun to bright indirect light. It is best to grow the plant indoors in a bright room.
The plant could be kept under direct sunlight for 5 to 6 hours.
It can tolerate heat but it is best to keep them under partial shade
Sweet marjoram grows till 12 to 17 inches tall. The average height of the plant is around 1 to 3 feet.
The plant is used as a herb and as a medicinal plant. They can cure spasms and infections. The essential oil of the plant helps to repress the sexual desires.
The plant is used as a seasoning in salads with carrots and tomatoes. They make the dish delicious.
They also help in stimulating the growth of other plants when planted beside them.
The plant attracts a lot of hummingbirds and honeybees. The plant is white and pink in shade. They bloom during the mid-summer. It is safe to have the flowers with the herbal leaves. They don't contain fragrance and are mild in taste.
The plant can get infested with mint rust, spider mites, and thrips. Thrips can distort the plant structure. They may cause yellowing of leaves.
Apply appropriate insecticide on the plant
Mint rust affect very severely on the plant. they generate small pustules on the sides of the leaves ?totally damaging it.
You can get rid of them by using removing the infected area of the plant and spraying hot water on the plant.
Feed necessary pesticides on the plant if the infestation is severe
The plant is strong enough to adapt the changes in the environment. It does not need regular fertilizing. Fertilize the plant once in 3 to 4 months.
You can provide a sufficient feed during re-potting or during the first plantation.