Common Thyme is a dwarf, woody, evergreen. It is grown primarily as an aromatic culinary herb. It forms a mound about 6-12 inches in height and 6-16 inches wide. The herb is a member of the Lamiaceae or Mint Family. Other common names include Garden Thyme, German Thyme, and Thyme. There are many cultivars in this species.
Common Thyme originated in southern Europe and northern Africa. It prefers the dry, rocky soils of the Mediterranean. Thyme has been used for centuries as a culinary herb or herbal medicine.
Thyme grows moderately well from seed, which you can purchase or harvest yourself.
Harvest seeds from plants in the fall once flowers have dried up and seed heads have turned brown.
It’s best to germinate seeds indoors in a controlled space at around 70°F, in indirect light.
To start from seed, prepare trays with moistened seed starting mix.
Surface sow or just barely cover seeds, planting at least five times more seeds than the total number of plants you wish to grow, as germination can be erratic.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy, watering the seeds with a spray bottle or the misting attachment on a hose to ensure that the seeds are not flooded with the deluge from a watering can.
It takes around 14-28 days for seeds to germinate.
Once the seedlings are about four inches tall, with around four true leaves, they are ready for transplanting into their permanent container or garden location.
Keep young plants well-weeded, especially as they become established, as they can be easily overwhelmed by larger, more aggressive plants.
Package Size: 50 seeds per pack
Germination Rate: 75%
Germination Time: 14 – 28 Days
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