Thyme 600 Seeds
Site. Plant thyme in full sun. Thyme grows best in well-drained slightly sandy soil. Soil too rich in organic matter will produce plants that are large but less fragrant. Thyme prefers a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.7.
Planting time. Sow thyme in the garden as early as 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost in spring. For best results, start seed indoors at a soil temperature of 70°F and transplant seedlings to the garden once the last frost has passed. Thyme grows best where the climate is mild but established plants can survive temperatures below freezing. Thyme does not grow well in cold or wet soil.
Planting and spacing. Sow thyme seeds ¼ inch deep in rows 16 to 24 inches apart. Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart when they are 2 to 3 inches tall thin. Cuttings can be rooted in moist sand in about 4 weeks. Set rooted cuttings or divisions 12 inches apart.
Water and feeding. Thyme requires little watering once established; it does best on the dry side. Grow thyme in soil that is not too rich. Spray foliage with compost tea 2 to 3 times during the growing season.
Companion plants. All cabbage family plants, eggplant, potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes. Thyme repels cabbage worms and whiteflies.
Care. Keep planting beds weed free. To keep plants from becoming woody, start new plants every 3 to 4 years.
Container growing. Thyme grows easily in containers. Choose a container with a minimum soil depth of 6 inches. Over-winter containers in a protected place.
Pests. Thyme has no serious pest problems. Aphids and spider mites may attack plants; spray them away with a strong stream of water.
Diseases. Thyme has no serious disease problems. Avoid root rot by keeping plants out of wet areas.
Harvest. Pick thyme leaves as needed. Cut back thyme to about 3 inches high twice during the growing season to encourage vigorous growth. For drying, harvest plants when they begin to bloom. Cut off the tops of the branches with four to five inches of flowering stems.
Likes sunny position with well drained soil.