How To Plant Thyme From Seeds

The thyme plant can be grown from seed, and it takes 14 to 21 days to sprout. 

Ideal, is to sow the seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost. 

Here are a few steps guide to follow for growing thyme from seeds:

✔️Gently scatter seeds on top of the soil in the container you will be planting thyme seeds.

✔️Next, gently scatter with little soil over the seeds or no covering.

✔️Water thoroughly.

✔️Cover with a plastic wrap.

✔️Place the container in a warm location - 70 Fahrenheit.

✔️Provide a good light source.

✔️Seeds will germinate in one to 12 weeks.

✔️Once Thyme seedlings are 2-3 inches high, plant them where you will be growing thyme in your garden. Plant creeping thyme 6 to 12 inches apart to allow for its spreading habitat.

Thyme prefers a sandy, dry soil. Avoid planting in heavy, wet soils. 

Usually, a thyme plant is grown from a division. Thyme is easy to divide.

In the spring or fall, find a mature thyme plant.

Use a spade to gently lift the clump of thyme up from the ground.

Tear or cut a smaller clump of thyme from the main plant, making sure there is a root ball intact on the division.

Replant the mother plant and plant the division where you would like to grow the thyme herb.

Important keep weed-free as they compete for nutrients with the young thyme plants. Once established the plants would benefit from mulch to help discourage weeds.

Creeping thyme takes one year to get established, and then begins to spread in its second season.

Every spring cut thyme plants back to half its previous height to retain the tender stems and bushy habit. After 3-4 years plants will become woody and you will want to plant them over again from seed.

Creeping Thyme is a beautiful ground cover, between stepping stones or rock crevices, and to edge garden beds.

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