Thyme Growing Guide

Thymus vulgaris


Crop Rotation Group



Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Winter hardy.


Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out.


Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant or sow seeds. Frost areas start seeds indoors in early spring. Frost free, sow in seed trays or seed beds in early spring. Good culinary thyme can be grown from seed, but some creeping forms are propagated only from rooted cuttings or divisions.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Creeping forms make sturdy ground covers. Bees are attracted to pink thyme flowers.


Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in summer, before the plants bloom.


Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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