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How to Grow Thyme

Growing Thyme in Containers, Gardens and Allotments

Latin Name Thymus vulgaris
Type of Plant Hardy Perennial
Suitable for Containers, Garden beds, Allotments, Hanging Baskets

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Plant Dimensions

Height up to 30cm/12" - Spread up to 90cm/3ft depending on variety

Where to Sow

Indoors  in  pots 7.5cm/3" in diameter. 

Sowing time

Indoors March/April - temperature   +16C/61F.  

How to Sow

Very thinly. Cover with 3mm/1/8-inch of compost, water well then place in sealed polythene bags or cover with glass. Water from beneath.

After Germination

Remove from bags or glass. Place  in light position (out of direct sunlight). Thin to 3 plants per pot when the plants are about 12mm/½" tall.

Growing on -  in Pots

Harden off  and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.


Once the plants are established with a good root system, divide into separate plants and pot each up into pots at least  15cm/6" in diameter. The larger the pot the larger the plant will grow.


Smaller varieties can be grown in large hanging baskets 

Growing on -  in open ground

As above but once hardened off, plant 25cm/10" apart in full sun.


Harvest whole stems (sprigs) before or at flowering time.  Good for drying. Flowers are also edible.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to cabbage

Repels cabbage worm 


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