Growing pot marjoram can reach around 2 feet in height.
It is a hardy perennial, dying down each winter to come again in spring.
It grows in mounds throwing out long shoots which flower and runners which root.
It is easy to look after, only needing to be kept weed free.
There are many culinary uses - most meats, vegetables, egg and cheese dishes would benefit from the addition of a little pot marjoram.
Oregano, sweet marjoram and pot marjoram are closely related and anything you use one for, you can substitute the other and there are links at the bottom of this page.
Also, you can use an infusion for gargling and as a treatment for hay fever.
You can start with a plant or grow from seed in March or April.
Choose a warm spot if you have one - best have it sheltered amongst other herbs, but bear in mind its final height when you're deciding where to plant it.
You can propogate it from cuttings or division of the roots.
How to Grow Pot Marjoram Indoors for Winter
You can take a cutting from your outdoor plant during the summer to bring indoors for the winter.
Alternatively, you can cut one of the mounds back and put that in a container to bring indoors.
It will quite happily grow in a container and will make a lovely decorative and aromatic plant.
If you're going to have a winter indoor plant, then you just need to harvest leaves as you want them.
If you're not, and you want to preserve some for winter use, then harvest just before the plants flower and dry or freeze. You can find out how to preserve any of your herbs at this link here about preserving herbs.
Rescue remedy for Pot Marjoram
If you're lucky enough to inherit a herb garden but it's out of control, then the best thing you can do here is to trim back the mounds to a manageable amount.
Growing pot marjoram can easily grow out of control if left to its own devices - it puts down runners, much like strawberries and so will take over unless you stop it - a bit like mint, it can take over and is a bit of a thug.
Weed the area thoroughly and maybe cut back one of the plants to take indoors for the winter.
You can dig up your patch of herbs and just replant some of it in the garden - divide the rest and put them into individual pots to grow on. These would be perfect to give as gifts, donate to a school or church fair or sell from your front garden.