Dittany of Crete may be an herb that you have never heard of but I am sure once you see it, the plant will remind you of a familiar herb. What is this herb? Well, it is wild marjoram. This plant can be propagated in several ways but unless you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 through 11, you will need to start your Dittany of Crete from seed.
To begin this process, first pull out your garden calendar and count back from your local frost free date eight weeks. Once you have that date, you can begin to plan your seed propagation.
The first step of this process is to clean and sterilize your container(s). A shallow container is all you need since the seedlings will be removed as soon as they are large enough to handle. The cleaning and sterilizing process is easy. Simply soak the container(s) in a basin of water with a capful of bleach. Next, scrub the container(s) to remove soil, and rinse in clear water. Allow the container(s) to dry before filling with moistened, all purpose potting soil.
Once the container(s) is dried and filled with moistened soil, sprinkle Dittany of Crete seeds on the soil surface. Gently push down on the soil surface to allow the seed to make contact with the soil.
After that is done, mist the soil surface with water, and place on a sunny windowsill.
Keep soil evenly moist. If conditions are right, the Dittany of Crete seeds will germinate in about two weeks.
Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant each seedling into their own container. Continue to monitor the soil moisture, and week prior to your local frost free date begin the hardening off process. This process is easy. The true goal of this process is to gradually expose the seedling(s) to their outdoor environment. To do this, one must gradually increase the time the seedling(s) spend outside over a week’s time. After the seedling(s) have spent a whole day outside, they are ready to be planted in the garden.
When it comes to environmental conditions for this herb, it really is not picky about the soil but……the sun is a limiting factor. It thrives in areas that have well drained soil and full sun.
After you plant your Dittany of Crete in the garden, maintain a moist but not wet soil. Once the herb is established, it will take care of itself.