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About Thyme

Thyme is a highly aromatic herb which grows especially well in somewhat dry, sunny conditions. A Mediterranean herb, thyme holds its flavor in cooking and blends well with other flavors of the region, like garlic, olive oil and tomatoes. Thyme is a low growing, woody perennial.

It is extremely fragrant and flavorful and grows well in tough, dry conditions. The pink, lavender or white tubular flowers are very popular with bees. Tiny gray-

Seeds Specifications

Seeds per Packet30
Common Name Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Common Thyme, Garden Thyme, Rubbed Thyme
Height 0.25 to 0.25 feet
Bloom Time June to July
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Plant the seeds/cuttings 2 to 3 weeks before the last spring frost in well-drained soil about 9 inches apart

Thyme care

  • It s hard to grow thyme from seeds because of slow, uneven germination
  • For a head start, plant the seeds/cuttings indoors 6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost
Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Dry to medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 70°F
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer
Harvest Season 6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost.

Thyme special feature

Best as a small area ground cover or filler between stepping stones. Will sprawl over small rocks or cascade over ledges in the rock garden. Fills in crevices. Effective for sunny areas of borders, patios and along paths. Bank cover. Edging. Lawn substitute. Containers.

Thyme uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Thymol, an antiseptic, is the main active ingredient in various commercially produced mouthwashes such as Listerine
  • Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages
  • Thymol has also been shown to be effective against various fungi that commonly infect toenails
  • A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis
  • One study by Leeds Metropolitan University found that thyme may be beneficial in treating acne
  • Unverified information Thyme Java Tea aqueous extracts have found to be having anti-inflammatory and acetylcholine antagonistic action
  • Leaf juice has been used by the tribes as a lotion

Culinary Use:

  • Thyme is sold both fresh and dried
  • The fresh form is more flavourful, but also less convenient; storage life is rarely more than a week
  • While summer-seasonal, fresh greenhouse thyme is often available year round
  • Fresh thyme is commonly sold in bunches of sprigs
  • A sprig is a single stem snipped from the plant
  • It is composed of a woody stem with paired leaf or flower clusters ("leaves") spaced 1/2 to 1" apart
  • A recipe may measure thyme by the bunch (or fraction thereof), or by the sprig, or by the tablespoon or teaspoon
  • Dried thyme is widely used in Armenia (called Urc) in teas

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall do thyme grow?

On average thyme grows 0.25 to 0.25 feet

How hard is thyme to grow?

A thyme is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a thyme need?

A thyme prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a thyme need?

A thyme prefers watering Dry to medium

What kind of soil does a thyme need?

well-drained soil

What temperature does a thyme like?


How should I fertilize my thyme?

Apply any organic fertilizer

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