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Questions About Thyme Plants

Asked by
KJWill on
March 28, 2018
New Zealand

Q. Thyme

I currently have three types of thyme growing in a long planter box but my English Thyme has gotten very woody, sparse, and seems to have stopped growing. My Silver Thyme and Chicken Thyme are still doing fine. I have also discovered that one of my cats likes to sleep on my English Thyme when I’m not looking but now I’ve put some pots of chives in front so he can’t climb into the box. I’ve also taken some cuttings and put the softwood in water to try help it take root, one of the cuttings has simply died and the others are yet to root but I’m confident in at least two of them.

How can I rejuvenate my thyme to make it grow again and be able to harvest it properly?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
March 28, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

It would help to add a crushed aspirin tab and honey to that water, and do this daily. This will force rooting rather quickly.

These plants will usually benefit from a hard pruning, and a feeding once they recover. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/pruning-thyme-plants.htm

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Asked by
Flat plum on
April 28, 2018
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Q. Thyme plant care

My thyme plant is 3ft. wide with long branches around the edges but shorter ones in the center. It looks like an inverted circle in the center. Is this normal or should I prune it back, and if so, how much should I prune it. We live in Texas.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
April 29, 2018
Certified Expert
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Thyme can be pruned back at almost any time, as long as it is not hot and dry. It can benefit from yearly pruning, or even multiple prunings per year. This article will help with the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/pruning-thyme-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 1, 2018

Q. Growing thyme indoors

Hi. I recently planted a couple of herbs and thyme was the first one to germinate. But after growing to a height of 1 inch plantlets, there is not much growth. I usually keep it outdoors if it’s sunny and indoors if it’s raining outside. Please advice. Attached pictures of parsley which started germinating very late but has grown really well, and picture of thyme which shows very few plantlets.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 2, 2018
Certified Expert
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When starting Thyme from seed, it can be a slow start!

This article will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/growing-thyme-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 22, 2018

Q. Variegated lemon thyme

Hi, I was recently given a variegated lemon thyme plant and wanted to double-check is this an edible herb also? Could I substitute it for regular lemon thyme in recipes?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 24, 2018
Certified Expert
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Asked by
leo chiasson on
June 27, 2018
Quebec Canada
Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 27, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Adding organic matter such as compost will be enough to let these thrive. Thyme is quite robust, and this includes its wild counterpart. Planting this will be just like planting any other variety of thyme, with the exception that it may be more aggressive.

This collection of articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 12, 2018

Q. herb thyme

why does the plant become woody so soon and how can this be prevented to produce better foliage?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
October 12, 2018
A.

There are many types of thyme and most benefit from annual pruning. In late fall, cut the plant back to an inch or two. If the plant gets leggy within one growing season, cut it back by half in mid May to mid-June. This will delay bloom by a couple of weeks but will not prevent it. Essentially, you are pinching the stems to encourage a bushier plant. Make sure thyme gets full sun and don't fertilize it. Regular garden soil is fine and too much nitrogen stimulates leggy growth. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/pruning-thyme-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 22, 2019

Q. Woolly thyme to camouflage air conditioner unit

Hi,
I just read an article of how to hide an unsightly air conditioner, by planting Woolly Thyme around it. Isn’t that a bad idea to plant woolly the around an unsightly air conditioner?
Especially,if it is a member of the Mint Family?
Mint spreads into everything!
Thank you
Ethyl

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 22, 2019
Certified Expert
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Yes, as with all plants, any can become invasive in the right spot. Make sure that it is not invasive in your area before planting where it will spread out of control. Before planting anything where it could potentially become a problem, be sure to research what can become invasive in your area.

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
May 22, 2019
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Wooly thyme is a creeper and is low-growing. The only thyme that is potentially invasive is wild thyme as it reproduces by seed as well as creeping overground. I don't understand how a groundcover will hide an A/C unit. And it is better for the unit to have free-flow of air all around it. A screen 1-2 feet away or a trellis with a potted or in-ground vine is better for the unit.

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