Thyme is one of the best herbs for adding zest to meat, fish, marinades, mushrooms, eggs, beans, potatoes—okay, we’ll stop there. This vitamin-rich herb keeps its flavor even when heated. Thyme is often used to make calming, medicinal teas and will freshen up the air of any room.
Sprouts in: 1 - 2 weeks
Full size in: 4 - 8 weeks
Enjoy for: 4 - 12 weeks
Compared to other plants, thyme may seem a bit skinny, but don’t worry - it’s perfectly OK.
As you may have noticed, thyme grows in a quite unique manner like a small ball of mess, but that's just the way it grows! The older it gets, the messier it grows.
It does have a low habit - it will not stretch towards the light that much, rather it has a gentle flow. You can start harvesting thyme after 20 days. Gently pinch to tips of the young plant and add the small leaves to your dishes or tea.
While some plants can be pinched, thyme likes to be cut. Its older stems are woody and pulling the plant can damage its roots. Having sharp scissors at hand is essential. We would recommend to cut the plant heavily back when it’s full grown, leaving only about 3cm/1.2inches of stems or at least 2 pairs of true leaves to grow on the plant.
Thyme is great for drying and this way you can save it for later.
If your plant is old and starts to degrade, feel free to remove the plant from the cavity and plant it outdoors. Thyme will grow as a perennial herb also in hardy climate. If it flowers it will set seed and you’ll have new plants in your garden with zero effort.