Marjoram Plants

My marjoram and Italian oregano seedlings sunburned

Zone 75207 | madln.rose added on July 5, 2018 | Answered

Hello, I was recently gifted multiple herbs seedlings. I researched companion planting to make sure I didn't but competing herbs in the same planter but before I could do this my marjoram and oregano got left in the sun and there was no recognizable green left on the shriveled leaves and the stems were brittle. I transplanted anyway hoping that the root system was still intact and cut back the stems to just above soil. I found some green in a couple of the stems. Will they grow back? P.S. I live in Dallas, TX and our summer is very hot right now. I'm having trouble balancing water and sunlight, not wanting to kill them all!

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Answered on July 5, 2018

This is a crisis situation for those young plants. You absolutely must shade them. Small seedlings are no match for over 90 F. temps in full sun. You might use a small box to shade them from afternoon sun or anything else that will block sun rays if you can't move the planter. I imagine it will take several weeks to recover, if they do. Keep soil moist but not soggy; mulch will help with this

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