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How to Grow Thyme Herb Plants

Perennial, Thymus vulgaris

Got the time to grow some Thyme? Sure you do! And, you will be glad you did. With a fresh and pleasingly pungent aroma and flavor, this easy to grow herb is poplar in the home garden, because it is popular in the kitchen.

Thyme herb plants produce a profusion of tiny purplish white flowers, making it attractive in flower beds and containers. In addition to being an attractive flower, Thyme is also fragrant when in bloom. Growing 8-12 inches, Thyme plants have grayish leaves and woody stems.

Tip: The flowers are like magnets to bees. Set container grown plants away from the patio door.

Try growing Thyme indoors in the winter as a house plant. Grow it indoors in a sunny window, or under a grow-light.


Plant Propagation:

Thyme are grown from seed. Start growing seeds indoors, six weeks before the last frost. Give seedlings plenty of sun. You can also sow Thyme seeds directly into the garden. Cover lightly with fine garden soil. Seeds are slow to sprout.

Final Spacing: space seeds or seedlings 8" apart.

Make sure to put this perennial somewhere in the garden where it can live for several years, without the need to replant it.

Days to Germination: 20-30

Days to Maturity: 70


How to Grow Thyme Plants:

Like most herbs, growing Thyme plants is easy. Thyme plants prefer full sun. Thyme thrives in a variety of soils, even poor ones. They also are tolerant of dry conditions.

Water plants during dry periods, once or twice per week.

Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.

Cut leaves and dry them in a cool, shady place.


Main Cooking Uses :

This herb is no stranger to the kitchen. Uses include flavoring meats, sauces, fish, fish chowders, soups, stews, sauces, and flavored vinegars.


Medicinal Applications:

None.


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