Thyme is part of the Thymus genus and its scientific name is Thymus vulgaris. The vulgaris part of this plant's botanical name means 'common'.
Evergreen, perennial groundcover with aromatic, dusty grey-green leaves and small, pale pink flowers in late summer that are attractive to bees. An excellent container plant, or border plant. Used in cooking to flavour stews, sauces, soups, cottage cheese, meat loaf, sausages, marinades, fish cakes, vinegars and oils. Also has some medicinal uses as an antiseptic. Winter hardy but best picked young.
This variety has a herb fragrance and typically grows to 0.2 cm (0.08 inches imperial) in diameter, blooming in the following colours: Pastel purple and Pearly purple and Mauve taupe. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as Ao green and Dark spring green
Thyme grows as a perennial and is a flowering edible herb / flower. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).
Normally reaching to a mature height of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.
Try planting Thyme if you'd like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
United Kingdom is thought to be the country of origin for Thyme.
Typically, Thyme is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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Plants will become woody with age and the best leaves are on new growth. Trim back the woody stems lightly to promote new growth or harvest regularly. Plants will need replacing after a few seasons (about 3 years) to maintain flavour. Pieces of the plant may die off if not regularly trimmed 2.
Thyme’s roots grow quite deep, so the prepared bed should be deeply dug, with a light dressing of compost 2.
Can be successfully propagated by layering 2.
Easily roots from soft wood cuttings in the early spring or summer
A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. As a rough idea of the types of climates Thyme does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 5 and 9. Thyme requires a sandy soil with a ph of 6.0 - 7.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil. Keep in mind when planting that Thyme is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
See our list of companion Plants for Thyme to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Germinates best at 15 to 20C, cover only with a sprinkling of fine compost. Sow seeds directly once the soil has warmed up in the late springTry to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.04 inches (0.1 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Thyme about 42 days before your last frost date .
Although winter hardy, plant our young plants after frost has passed, in a well drained and sunny positionEnsure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Thyme is a hardy plant.
Harvest leaves throughout the summer as needed. Snip off with scissors and free the leaves by pulling the stem backwards through your finger and thumb
To preserve thyme for winter use, you can either dry or freeze it.
Air drying Thyme: To dry thyme without a dehydrating machine, simply hang upside-down in small bunches in a cool, dark place. check that they are ready by crumbling a little in your fingers – if ready put into small airtight jars to keep until use.
Freeze drying Thyme: pack ice cube trays with thyme leaves and then cover with hot water (the hot water should blanch the thyme quickly and keep the colour nice and green). Place in the freezer for at least 24 hours, then place in freezer bags and store to defrost when required. Alternatively, blend thyme leaves in a food processor with oil to a smooth paste consistency, then pour into ice cube trays. After 24 hours, remove from the trays and place into freezer bags and store frozen until required.
Seed viability is three years.
These estimates for how long Thyme takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 6 days | Min 1 days | Max 19 days (293)
Average 38 days | Min 3 days | Max 97 days (31)
Average 85 days | Min 9 days | Max 222 days (25)
Our when to plant Thyme estimates are relative to your last frost date.
The name Thymus derives from the Greek thyo, to perfume. The botanical epithet is from the Latin vulgaris meaning “common”
Thyme contains about 1% volatile oil including the active contituents carvacrol and thymol. It is these phenolic compounds that are responsible for its medicinal properties as an antiseptic, antitussive and expectorant. The oil is also used in the perfume industry and in aromatherapy
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Misspellings: Tyme, Thime, Time
Whatever this is has stayed green all winter, but I’m not sure it’s actually what it was labeled. It has no scent or flavor.
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