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Marjoram is a popular herb that’s easy to grow, adds a lush look in the garden, blooms flowers, and also goes well in certain dishes! With so much on offer, it makes a lot of sense to have it in your plant collection! Let’s have a look at How to Grow Marwa Plant.
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What is Marwa Plant?
Marwa is a low-growing herb with a sweet to spicy flavor. Its aromatic leaves are key ingredients of the ‘Bouquet Garni’ that complements almost every meat, dairy, and vegetable dish. This therapeutic herb was also popular in treating inflammation, digestive issues, and menstrual cycle in ancient times.
Note: This herb is often confused with the oregano, but it is different in terms of flavor and appearance.
Botanical Name: Origanum majorana
Other Names: Garden Marjoram, Marwa, Marua, Huile de Marjolaine, Knotted Marjoram, Majoran, Murwa, Maruga, Mijirikamy, Marikozhundhu, Ajanmasurabhi, Marzanjosh
How to Grow Marwa Plant?
Buy good quality seeds from a reliable seed supplier. Marjoram plant seeds are tiny, so sprinkle a handful on a growing medium and cover them with a thin layer of potting soil. Mist well and make sure they get indirect bright sunlight. The seeds will germinate in 7-10 days.
Take 4-5 inches long stem cutting and discard all leaves except a few at the top. Plant it in a pot filled with potting mix. Water well and place the pot where it gets bright and indirect light. New shoots will develop in 8-12 days.
Growing Requirements of Marwa Plant
The Marwa plant does well in 3-5 hours of full sunlight daily. Thus, locate it at any sunny spot in the garden, or choose a southwest windowsill while growing indoors.
Water the plant thoroughly and deeply whenever the topsoil feels dry. Avoid overwatering the plant and also ensure that the growing medium never goes dry completely.
Go for any loamy or sandy soil, well amended with compost or cow dung manure. You can also make your own mix by blending equal parts of garden soil, coarse sand, and peat moss or compost.
Marwa Plant Care
Fertilizing a marjoram plant is best using organic feed like cow dung manure, worm casting, seaweed, or compost, once a month during the growing season.
You can apply organic mulch like straw, grass clippings, or shredded leaves at the base of the plant. It will protect the roots from excess heat and cold and prevent water loss.
Pests and Diseases
Be careful of spider mites and aphids. Use a strong jet of water or neem oil solution once every 2-weeks to keep them at bay.
Harvesting and Storage
Start harvesting when the plant grows 6-8 inches tall. Snip away the leaves at the top. Make sure to not harvest more than 2-3 of the plant at one go.
You can keep the leaves in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. For long-term storage, hang the bundle of shoots upside down at any warm, and ventilated place for 4-5 days. Then, store it in an air-tight container.