A guide to growing thyme, including sun requirements, when to plant, feeding, when to harvest, pests and troubleshooting notes.

Soil

What soil is good for Thyme?

Any well draining soil with compost mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Thyme need?

Full sun, partial sun or afternoon shade 

Frost Tolerant

Is Thyme frost tolerant?

Yes, will go dormant over winter. 

Spacing

How much space does Thyme need?

Around 30cm apart

Planting

When should I plant Thyme?

Usually planted in spring once the danger of frost has passed, although can be planted anytime after soil temperatures reach roughly 20°C (68°F). 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  

Feeding

What do I feed Thyme?

A light application of organic fertiliser throughout the season. Will benefit from an occasional top up of compost around the plant, spring and summer is a good time to do this.  

Harvesting

When can I harvest Thyme?

Harvest sprigs as required by cutting off up to  ⅓ of the length of the stem. Both leaves and flowers are edible.

Pests

What pests does Thyme get?

Aphids, Slugs, Snails

Diseases

What diseases does Thyme get?

Alternaria Blight 

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