Early Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Ideal Soil Temperature
Days to Maturity
50 - 60 Days
Useful Plant Part
Direct Sow, Start Indoors & Transplant
6.6 - 7.0
Planting & Care
Planting: To Start in the Garden: Plant thyme after soil has warmed up in spring in a finely textured seedbed with good drainage in full sun. Sow very thinly, cover seed lightly and be careful to keep the seedbed evenly moist and well weeded while seedlings are young. To Plant Indoors: Sow thyme in early spring in a container of seed starting mix. Cover seeds very lightly and keep evenly moist, but not soggy, until seedlings emerge in 14 - 21 days. Provide a good light source. Transplant when seedlings are about 2" tall after gradually acclimating to outdoor conditions.
Growing: Given a sunny location with good drainage, easy-growing thyme plants are reliable, productive and long-lived garden perennials. Little lilac flowers bloom in midsummer; cut back foliage halfway when the blossoms fade to keep plants looking fresh. Cut leafy thyme sprigs as needed once plants are well-established.
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