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Organic English Thyme

Organic English Thyme

Essential Herb, Aromatic Leaves Enrich Dishes

English Thyme, an essential perennial herb for gardens and containers, forms an attractive mound of highly fragrant, robust leaves. Its pink to lavender flowers in late spring and summer attract butterflies and pollinators. Perfect for small gardens, groupings, mass plantings, groundcover, or bordering paths and patios. The aromatic leaves enhance the flavor of soft cheeses, soups, stews, stuffing, poultry, fish, dressings, sauces, and honey.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Selecting the Right Location

When it comes to growing English Thyme, selecting the right location is crucial for its success. This herb prefers a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Ideally, choose a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. While English Thyme can tolerate a variety of soil types, it thrives in soil with good drainage and a slightly alkaline ph.

Preparing the Soil

Before planting English Thyme, prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 6 to 8 inches and incorporating organic matter such as compost or aged manure. This helps improve soil fertility, structure, and drainage, providing an optimal growing environment for the herb. Remove any weeds or debris from the planting area to minimize competition for nutrients and water.

Watering and Care

Water newly planted English Thyme thoroughly to help establish a strong root system. Once established, water the plants sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's essential to strike the right balance and avoid waterlogged conditions.

Fertilization

English Thyme is a light feeder and typically does not require frequent fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced fertilizer sparingly in early spring to promote healthy growth. Avoid excessive nitrogen, as it can result in lush foliage at the expense of flavor.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning is essential for maintaining the compact growth habit of English Thyme and encouraging bushier growth. Trim the plants lightly after flowering to promote new growth and prevent them from becoming leggy. Remove any dead or diseased foliage promptly to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

Pest and Disease Management

While English Thyme is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, occasional problems may arise. Keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites, and thrips, especially during dry periods. Control pests with insecticidal soap or neem oil, taking care to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Harvesting

Harvesting English Thyme is a simple and rewarding process. Wait until the plants are well-established before harvesting, typically after the first year. Cut sprigs from the top of the plant, leaving at least two-thirds of the growth intact to promote regrowth. You can use fresh thyme immediately in cooking or preserve it for later use by drying or freezing.

Growing English Thyme is a delightful addition to any garden. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of this fragrant and flavorful herb year after year. Whether used in culinary creations, herbal remedies, or ornamental displays, English Thyme is sure to enhance your gardening experience.

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Description

English Thyme, an essential perennial herb for gardens and containers, forms an attractive mound of highly fragrant, robust leaves. Its pink to lavender flowers in late spring and summer attract butterflies and pollinators. Perfect for small gardens, groupings, mass plantings, groundcover, or bordering paths and patios. The aromatic leaves enhance the flavor of soft cheeses, soups, stews, stuffing, poultry, fish, dressings, sauces, and honey.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Selecting the Right Location

When it comes to growing English Thyme, selecting the right location is crucial for its success. This herb prefers a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Ideally, choose a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. While English Thyme can tolerate a variety of soil types, it thrives in soil with good drainage and a slightly alkaline ph.

Preparing the Soil

Before planting English Thyme, prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 6 to 8 inches and incorporating organic matter such as compost or aged manure. This helps improve soil fertility, structure, and drainage, providing an optimal growing environment for the herb. Remove any weeds or debris from the planting area to minimize competition for nutrients and water.

Watering and Care

Water newly planted English Thyme thoroughly to help establish a strong root system. Once established, water the plants sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's essential to strike the right balance and avoid waterlogged conditions.

Fertilization

English Thyme is a light feeder and typically does not require frequent fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced fertilizer sparingly in early spring to promote healthy growth. Avoid excessive nitrogen, as it can result in lush foliage at the expense of flavor.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning is essential for maintaining the compact growth habit of English Thyme and encouraging bushier growth. Trim the plants lightly after flowering to promote new growth and prevent them from becoming leggy. Remove any dead or diseased foliage promptly to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

Pest and Disease Management

While English Thyme is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, occasional problems may arise. Keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites, and thrips, especially during dry periods. Control pests with insecticidal soap or neem oil, taking care to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Harvesting

Harvesting English Thyme is a simple and rewarding process. Wait until the plants are well-established before harvesting, typically after the first year. Cut sprigs from the top of the plant, leaving at least two-thirds of the growth intact to promote regrowth. You can use fresh thyme immediately in cooking or preserve it for later use by drying or freezing.

Growing English Thyme is a delightful addition to any garden. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of this fragrant and flavorful herb year after year. Whether used in culinary creations, herbal remedies, or ornamental displays, English Thyme is sure to enhance your gardening experience.

Shipping Information

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edible Flower
  • Fragrant
  • Good for Drying
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Plant Spreads
  • Useful for Ornamental

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 5 - 9
Growth Habit : Low Growing
Life Cycle : Perennial
Plant Usage : Attracts Bees/Butterflies
Plant Usage : Culinary Herb
Plant Usage : Ornamental
Planting Time : Spring
Soil pH : 6.6 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun/Part Sun
Useful Plant Part : Leaves

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Thyme can grow in most soils, but performs best in well-drained soil with moderate nutrients. Soil which is too rich will cause the plant to get leggy and lose its compact shape. 

Planting & Growing: Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 feet apart.  

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest leaves when the plant is large enough. Use fresh leaves, or dry and store leaves in an airtight container. Thyme also keeps well frozen.

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Guarantee

We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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