Thyme Plants : How to grow them
Easy to grow both in the ground and in containers or pots Thyme likes warm dry conditions. So this valuable kitchen herb grows well in the Mediterranean climate zones of Australia
Grown mostly as a culinary herb for its value in many cuisines thyme is also said to have medicinal qualities.
Although Thyme varieties are best known as a culinary herb for centuries, some species are a wonderful garden plant .
So we have the well known Thymus vulgaris, the lemon scented variety and variegated species.
Many varieties more are available for sale online in Australia than appear in most nurseries.
Thyme grows well in containers and is also suited to garden borders and rockeries. Full sun and a humus rich well drained soil. Originating in Mediterranean climates this is a hardy plant once established. Used extensively in English, French and Mediterranean cooking. Great for soups, with fish, roast meats, thyme is also used as a tea.
A humus rich well drained soil in a sunny position is essential. A well drained soil is essential for growing thyme, it also grows well in pots the rock garden or even try growing between pavers
Plants are best watered in using a liquid seaweed fertilizer. They require little extra after this. A rock mulch is often used to create a good look around plants.
For drying, Thyme is best harvested just before it begins to flower. This is when the plants have a high level of oil and therefore flavour.
It can easily be dried by hanging it in the shade. If you wish to use it fresh, pick at any time of the year.
Pruning and propagation
Although thyme plants will often be back each year for harvesting, they still respond to pruning. After flowering is a good time for a light prune, and again in late summer. It is essential not to cut back into old wood as most species of these valuable garden plants do not respond well.
After a few years this is a plant that tends to become a little woody, say after 3 – 4 years. It does however spread slowly and will send down roots, so dig up, divide and replant cuttings from the younger growth.
As for growing most species in the shade, they will grow, but it will be thin and leggy and not produce much in the way of foliage, so lots of sun.
Thyme (Thymus) Species and Varieties and Common Names
- Thymus vulgaris – Common garden thyme.
- Thymus vulgaris ‘Argenteus’ – Silver Thyme
- Thymus citriodorus – Lemon thyme.
- Thymus serpyllum – Wild Thyme or Creeping Thyme
- Thymus serpyllum Albus – White creeping thyme
- Thymus cilicicus – Sicily Thyme
- Thymus Coccineus – Red creeping thyme
- Thymus praecox ‘Doone Valley’
- Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’
- Thymus nummuralis – Pizza Thyme.
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You can find Thyme plants for sale online from the following growers
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
Medicinal, Teas and Kitchen Herbs. Edible plants, scented and ornamentals.
Wide range of perennial edibles and medicinals, berries, fruit and unusual food plants, by mail order.
FOUR SEASONS HERBS – or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge range of rare & unusual herbs, edible perennial plants, wasabi, saffron corms & organic garlic. Specialised Mail order nursery.