Top Questions About Thyme Plants

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Questions About Thyme Plants

Asked by
Simbacat on
April 22, 2013

Q. Kill Moss Not My Thyme

My thyme intentionally grows through the paving gaps in the patio,  so it’s height if less that 1 cm. Therefore, how do I kill the moss that is throttling the thyme?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
April 22, 2013
A.

This link may answer some questions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/weeds/killing-moss.htm

If you are asking if you can use a herbicide, any you might use would kill the thyme. If the moss isn't too widespread, you could pull it out by hand. Moss doesn't like sun or alkaline soil.

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Asked by
dickrad on
August 19, 2013

Q. Harvesting Thyme

When harvesting thyme, do you use the stems for drying or just the leaves?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
August 19, 2013
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I dry stems and leaves. Usually the leaves fall right off after drying.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 25, 2014

Q. Best Way to Take/Cut Thyme from Plants in Garden

Can you advise me on the best way to take and cut thyme from plants in the garden – how and where to cut? My husband instructs me each time, but each time it is a different way, hence leads to frustration!!

Answered by
Nikki on
January 25, 2014
Certified Expert
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Thyme can be cut at any time during the spring and summer to harvest. Harvesting thyme is easy. Simply snip off what you need for your recipe. Once a thyme plant is established (planted a year), it is very hard to over harvest the plant. If you have just planted your thyme, cut back no more than 1/3 of the plant. It is best though to stop harvesting thyme about 3-4 weeks before the first frost in order to allow the more tender stems to harden off some before the cold comes.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 20, 2014

Q. How to Collect Seeds from Thyme

I want to know how thyme plants can be grown at home so that I have ready stocks throughout the year. I have planted some from seeds that I brought from the U.S. Now they are young. But it is quite difficult to raise them from seeds. Thyme seeds are not available here and the herb is also not much used in the local culinary like cilantro is used. I want to collect seeds. But I am not sure how to collect seeds, though I have been successful in collecting lettuce seeds and sweet basil seeds quite satsfactorily this time. Similar to this, I have few young marjorum plants. How to save seeds and how to use them in food?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 20, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Allow the plant to flower if you want to collect the seeds. Once the flowers die off and seed pods turn brown, you can simply clip them back and place in a brown paper bag for storage until ready to plant. These articles may help with growing thyme: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/tips-for-growing-thyme-in-your-garden.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/growing-thyme-indoors.htm Here is some info on marjoram: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/marjoram/tips-for-growing-marjoram.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/marjoram/marjoram-herbs-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 13, 2014

Q. Edible Herb

Last year I planted an herb called “Highland Creme” Thymus. It came up again this year. I’m wondering if this is just a floral herb or is it also edible. Please tell me how it is used, if it is. It is planted in a raised bed with peonies, mums and chamomile right now, but I can move it. Thank you so much for any advice.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 13, 2014
Certified Expert
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All thymes are edible, though the creeping varieties like this one are more often used as ornamental plantings in rock gardens, border edgings or creeping in-between flagstone pavers.

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Asked by
jogregoritsch on
April 27, 2014

Q. How long do I dry thyme in a dehydrator?

How long do I leave the clean thyme sprigs in the dehydrator?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
April 28, 2014
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Asked by
tinav1225 on
June 10, 2014

Q. when is thyme ready to use?

I planted thyme and I would like to know when it’s ready to use. My plant just started getting flowers on it.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 11, 2014
A.

Thyme is always ready! The leaves have that beautiful flavor from the moment they are "hatched." Any time you want to, you can snip a few leaves. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/tips-for-growing-thyme-in-your-garden.htm

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