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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
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
Propagation methods: seeds
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
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
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
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

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