I am in southern California. We planted creeping thyme seeds about 2 weeks ago. Watering every day but so far they have not come up. How long should it take?
Normally it only takes about a week for the seeds to sprout, but the standard advice is that they should be planted in the spring, once all danger of frost has passed. Maybe in So.California, where your growing season is considerable, it will do just as well being seeded in mid-summer. Perhaps your seed isn't viable or is too old - you may want to check on that. It may be better to sprout the seed indoors in controlled conditions, and plant the sprouted seedlings outdoors, but if the weather is warm enough, your seeds are good and your seedbeds well watered, you should see them sprouting soon.
I'm thinking of bordering the garden patch.
Yes, it probably would unless a divider is installed around the vegetable garden first. It spreads as a groundcover and is even used as a grass replacement. If it is allowed to grow among the veggies, it would also compete for nutrients.
It's in a small container now. I intend to put it in a larger pot. How big will it grow?
The only white thyme I saw was white creeping thyme, which has white flowered varieties. It only gets about 3 inches tall.
Garden thyme gets about 1 foot tall and can be trimmed back so it doesn't get woody or leggy.
Your site says: "Elfin creeping thyme plant (Thymus serp[h]yllum) [maybe should be praecox, not serphyllum] is a low growing (1-2 inches tall) herbaceous perennial sub shrub with a dense mounding habit." https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/elfin-thyme-information.htm/?print=1&loc=bot
They are two different species, both referred to commonly as Elfin thyme or more appropriately, creeping thyme. The grower Monrovia, refers to the 'Elfin' variety as Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin,' as do several other reputable websites.
This article mentions both:
My friend loves to grow different things fir mosquito and bugs...since the soil here sucks was wondering if she could try this in the ground or in a pot by the door. Thx
Creeping thyme is hardy to zone 9 so it should work in Tucson. It would probably do best in part shade.
Does purple creeping thyme grow well in Northern California?
There should be no reason that it wouldn't do well in your area! It can handle drier areas, to an extent, but try and keep it moist when you can.