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Where Can I Buy Thyme Plants

Thyme seeds have slow and uneven germination. Starting with healthy cuttings or buying a thyme plant are much better options. There are plenty of thyme variants to choose from. Whether you need to add to your kitchen herbs or find fragrant plants to decorate your garden, we offer several types:

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Lemon Thyme: While visually similar to English thyme, lemon thyme has a hint of lemon that goes well in savory Middle Eastern and European cuisine. Add lemon thyme instead of lemon zest to get that citrus note without the bitterness, or steep it into your tea for a healthy dose of iron.

Woolly Thyme: An attractive, slow-growing, and fragrant addition to your garden, woolly thyme complements other plants or the stone landscaping. Aside from its fuzzy green foliage, it also sprouts tiny pink flowers that attract butterflies.

French Thyme: Also known as summer thyme, this sweet variant is a must-have for those who enjoy authentic French cuisine. It complements both savory and sweet dishes and can preserve meat, ice cream, and candy.

It is easy to see why the common name thyme has been applied to this plant. Each of these gray little leaves is actually covered in hairs which provide shade for this plant and help it to survive hot, arid summers.

Like Teucrium chamaedrys (Germander), the profuse bloom of Cat Thyme attracts bees. Bees as we all know are necessary for pollination of veggies and fruits and other plants you might want to save the seeds of.

Comment: Arrived in secure packaging, vey small but healthy and ready to transplant. Planted into grow pot and placed as companion to cabbage plants. Apparently is extremely happy with its new home as it thriving.

Comment: This plant arrived on time and is thriving! I have bought several thyme plants from standard super markets ...and all have died within days of purchase. These have already doubled in size!

We love all our thymes! The first 21 in this list are used for ground covers. Some grow faster and are better suited to filling large spaces and some are slower with smaller leaves that make perfect flagstone fillers.

Many of our Artemisias are often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here for availablity of larger thymes Ground Cover Thymes and here for availablity of smaller thymes Flagstone Filler Thymes

Thyme does best in full sun. Start from young plants set out in spring after the last frost. Be sure to choose strong young thyme plants from Bonnie Plants, the company that has been helping home gardeners succeed for over 100 years. Plant in soil with excellent drainage and a pH of about 7.0. Mulching with limestone gravel or builder's sand improves drainage and helps prevents root rot. Or, improve soil texture and nutrition by adding a few inches of Miracle-Gro Performance Organics All Purpose In-Ground Soil in with the top layer of existing soil. When growing thyme in containers, fill pots with Miracle-Gro Performance Organics All Purpose Container Mix. Both are enriched with aged compost and provide an excellent environment for strong root growth.

For best growth, you'll also want to fertilize regularly with a premium organic plant food like Miracle-Gro Performance All Purpose Plant Nutrition, which feeds both plants and the beneficial microbes in the soil. (Check label directions.)

Outdoors, German thyme is perennial in zones 5 to 9, lemon thyme in zones 7 to 9. Easy to grow, thyme needs little care except for a regular light pruning after the first year. Do this after the last spring frost, so that the plants do not get woody and brittle. Pinching the tips of the stems keeps plants bushy, but stop clipping about a month before the first frost of fall to make sure that new growth is not too tender going into the cool weather. Cut thyme back by one third in spring, always cutting above points where you can see new growth, never below into the leafless woody stem. Lemon thyme is more upright and more vigorous than the other thymes. In the North and cold climates, cover with pine boughs after the soil freezes to help protect from winter damage. In zone 10, thyme is usually an annual, often succumbing to heat and humidity in mid-summer.

Harvest leaves as you need them, including through the winter in places where it is evergreen. Although the flavor is most concentrated just before plants bloom, thyme is so aromatic that the leaves have good flavour all the time. Strip the tiny leaves from woody stems before using.

Thyme is easily dried, refrigerated, frozen, or preserved in oil or vinegar. The tiny leaves air-dry quickly. Add thyme to butter or mayonnaise to taste. Use thyme in dried beans, meat stews, and strong vegetables such as cabbage. Thyme is also great with any slowly cooked soup, stew, vegetable, meat, or sauce. Use lemon-flavoured varieties in teas, on seafood, or in just about any dish calling for a lemony zing.

Thymes tend to get this dead look from time to time, and they need a trim to get them looking good again. Sometimes this happens due to winter damage, or it may be like this in late summer after steamy, wet weather. Cut plants back lightly, and then water with a solution of soluble fertilizer to help push them back into growth. Then prune lightly throughout the growing season to prevent this from happening again. Also, gravel mulch will help lower humidity around the stems and leaves, reducing the likelihood of rot and foliage diseases.

Leave the parent plant and the original roots in place to avoid the risk of a total loss. The safest approach would be to use a sharp-edged trowel or knife to carve out sections of the mat of creeping thyme that has rooted into the soil. Transplant these. If a section of the mat does not have roots, leave it in place and attached to the main plant. In time, it will send roots into the soil. After removing sections to transplant, fill the holes with compost, and water the plant well.

Living in Pennsylvania where temperatures are currently in the 20-30 degree range, I've come by a thyme plant with a long, woody, root tht runs horizontaly to the plant. This root has multiple fine filaments where it meets the upright portion of the plant and further down has some single slightly thicker extensions which also might be roots. Anyway, I'd like to pot this herb for indoors, i.e. until spring arrives, and have the following questions:

1. What particular potting soil mix would best serve this purpose?2. And/or would some dirt dug up from the back yard be just as good?3. If the main root was trimmed for potting, leaving just the fine tendrils section ... could other pieces of this main root, i.e. those with the single extensions, be potted to produce other, separate, plants?

I started my thyme seeds in April inside the house under LED lights 16 hrs on 8 hrs off. Sprouted in about 2 weeks now it does not appear to be growing at all. Some days it looks dry and other days it appears to be over watered.

I just put my thyme outside,with temp.17-19 in the day and 5-7 at night.have had a bit of rain,I notice the green has faded,what can I do to get the leaves green again.right now I took it away from the rain.please tell me how to take care of this plant.thanks.

I have German and English thyme in containers and noticed the leaves are very tiny and stringy stems. I usually cut them and dried for use in the winter. My ? is do I need to fertilize them.Thank you.

Is the thyme healthy looking, otherwise? We usually like to start with a specimen that is stringy-looking to tie onto a frame. However, once you give the thyme plenty of bright light (6 to 8 hours) and fertilizer and water, the stems should start to get woody and stuff and self-supporting. Is the light bright enough? Is the soil moisture even, not soggy? Many people overwater herbs.

Julie Thompson-Adolf is a Master Gardener and author. She has 30+ years of experience with year-round organic gardening; seed starting and saving; growing heirloom plants, perennials, and annuals; and sustainable and urban farming.

With proper care, thyme can live up to five or six years in the right environment. That being said, you will notice a decline in growth, fullness, and fragrance a the years progress, so it's a good idea to consistently take cuttings from your plants in order to keep your thyme plant population robust.

Thyme is grown the world over as it is one of the most versatile herb plants, with numerous species of culinary and medicinal varieties completing the genus Thymus, most commonly Thymus vulgaris. With attractive foliage in a multitude of colours, and fabulous displays of long-lasting flowers, Thyme is a must for every garden.

Thyme plants (Thymus) are an excellent small-scale groundcover for the low-water garden. Thyme can be used as a colorful, low-maintenance replacement for small patches of lawn. Use one variety, or intermingle patches of different plants. Thyme lawns are typically best for smaller spaces less than 200 sq. ft. and they prefer climates of the western U.S. (Thyme dislikes hot, humid summer weather.) So stop mowing and replace your turf grass with low-maintenance thyme! Read about Creating A Thyme Lawn.

Thyme is famed for its versatility in cooking, adding flavour to fish dishes, soups and as an ingredient in stuffing mixes. It's also easy to grow and looks attractive all year round. Gardeners have nearly 200 different thyme varieties to choose from. Leaf colour varies from dark green to golden yellow and variegated, and growth habit ranges from ground-hugging to upright. Many thymes also produce a mass of white, pink or lilac-coloured flowers over the summer. 041b061a72


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