Thyme is a low growing shrub which is delightfully aromatic. It is evergreen, so fresh leaves can be picked all year round and can be used without drying. Thyme is a traditional herb used for meat stuffing or in soups and stews.
How to grow Thyme Herb SeedsIntroduction and Uses:
Thyme is perennial, aromatic herb with a pleasant, pungent, and clover flavour. It is a small perennial shrub with many branches and light purple to pink flowers. You can plant thyme in your herb garden, as an edge, along with the backyard wall, or in containers. You can also plant thyme in patches along a walkway and between steps so that your footsteps will release its fragrance. It looks pretty as a ground cover too. Bees are attracted to this herb.
Sowing Thyme Seeds:Step 1:Thyme is grown by direct seed sowing. Seeds can be planted in pot, planter or container filled with good quality, well-drained soil mix.Step 2:Take off some top soil (2-3 inches) from the centre of pot and make room for seed sowing.Step 3:Sow few seeds of Thyme evenly in the pit and cover them back with soil.Step 4:Water the pot regularly, keep the seed sown surface damp.Step 5:Thyme seeds should germinate in 2-3 weeks time, depending on the season.Step 6:Keep the container in semi shade while the germinated seedlings grow.Step 7:Thinning: Cut off extra, weak seedlings from the base after two weeks of germination to maintain proper spacing between plants.Step 8:Once seedlings are growing, keep the Thyme container in direct sun.
Thyme Plant Care:Keep your Thyme plant in sunny outdoor location for best flavour. Thyme doesn't mind growing in semi-shade.Thyme plant requires regular, moderate watering. Water your herb by shower method using Watering can.Add a handful of vermicompost to Thyme plant every month.Harvest Thyme herb whenever you need it by just clipping the leaves.Never harvest more than one-third of growing plant at a time.Prune the plant every year before the monsoon.
Pests / Diseases that affect Thyme:Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. Spay appropriate fungicides or pesticides as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted. Watch out for snails and slugs. Spray Neem Oil/Tobacco extract/soap water to keep insects at bay.Click here to buy plant care products online in India.
Storing and Harvesting Thyme:
After 150-180 days of seed sowing, harvesting can be done all year round.
Thyme Varieties: There are two varieties of Thyme - Culinary and Ornamental. The Culinary Variety includes French, Lemon and Caraway.
Fun facts about Thyme:
To get rid of insects in your house burn Thyme.