Growing Thyme

Growing Thyme is very easy but before writing about that I would like to say a couple of words about propagation of Thyme.

It can be done by seed, from cuttings and by root division. The speedy way is to grow from root division, the longest – to grow from garden seeds.

Soil condition and requirements for growing Thyme

Thyme is not fussy, it grows by itself and you don’t need to take care of that plant. Thyme likes dry, lean soil and sunny locations as it is Mediterranean herb.  You can plant it indoors in container, in the pot or outside.

Growing Thyme using root division

You should divide roots of 3-4 years old Thyme plants in April. To do that, dig up the plant, clear away soil and carefully tear the plant into 3-4 pieces. Then plant them in the ground in the area you want. At the beginning of July they should be ready for harvesting. You should repeat this procedure every 2-3 years as Thyme becomes woody by time.

Growing Thyme using seeds

Thyme has to be sown in the middle of Spring (in March) indoors our in the green house first with temperature of 60F (16C). Cover seeds with a very thin layer of potting compost. Move Thyme plants outside when the danger of frost is over and plant them in the chosen area of your garden. Place them at about 12 inches (30cm) away from each other as they will spread later.

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2 Responses to “Growing Thyme”

  • Chris and his Thyme says:

    Hello there! I just divided my newly bought Thyme. You know what? I’m not sure if it’s a problem, but the stems / leaves seem to be tangled all the time. I spend time trying to “comb” the stems. I’m not sure if that’s necessary though.

  • Jamuel says:


    I was actually looking for a source or guide fr growing Thyme, when i came across your page. You have mentioned the entire procedure right from the start.

    Great guide. thanks for sharing your info.


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