Herb Marjoram Pot Perennial
Item Number: 80229
Member of the oregano family, Milder flavour than Sweet Marjoram or greek Oregano. Pretty pink flowers attract bees. Height about 45cm (18") Pot marjoram has a hairy, rounded and green mottle with red stem. The leaves are point ovals in a mid-green. The plant has dark pear shaped leaves and white or pink flowers. Leaves have a savory flavour.
Seed Count: 400
WHEN TO SOW
Sow outside in the Spring, and inside any time.
In trays or pots, sowing very thinly in a peat based compost. Cover with glass until seeds germinate and maintain at 20°C. Germination should take about 7 to 10 days.
The tiny seed should barely be covered, thin and transplant when large enough to handle. Ensure the sight has well drained, dryish alkaline soil, (rich soil causes plants to produce leabes with a stronger flavour. Full sun is needed.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Take root or stem cuttings from spring to midsummer. Thin or transplant to 18 inches apart. Cut back by two thirds before they die down for the winter months. The purple flowers are produced in late summer and the aromatic foliage can be enjoyed all growing season.
The leaves at any time for drying before the sun is too hot. Wild marjoram is best used as a dried herb - pick the leaves on a dry day and place them in a dark, dry and moderately warm place until they have thoroughly dried. They can then be stored in an airtight container as whole or crumbled leaves - they will retain their flavour for three months or more.
Combine pot marjoram with lavender, rose petals, a cinnamon stick and a couple of drops of oil of lavender and rose to make a sweet pot-pourri. Pot marjoram compliments fish very well when sprinkle on/in before cooking.