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About This Plant...
Genus and species:Origanum majorana
Plant type:tender perennial
Height and width:10-12 inches high; 10 inches wide
Location and soil:sun; rich, well-drained soil; will grow indoors
Uses:fresh or dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; meat, fish, and egg recipes; salads and vegetables
Time needed to reach transplant size:6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden:after last spring frost
When to sow outdoors:after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time:8-14 days
Germination temp.:70 degrees F.
Days to maturity:70 days
Spacing between plants:12 inches
Spacing between rows:18 inches
Harvest:pick fresh leaves as needed; for drying, just before full flowering, cut stems with flower heads attached and dry on wire racks in a cool, airy place, then pick off leaves and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips:light improves germination; plant is quite frost-sensitive