Growing Thyme (Thymus)

Latin Name Pronunciation: tie'mus   

Thyme (Thymus) is easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Prune away winter-killed stems in spring and then feed plants lightly with a balanced fertilizer. After bloom fades, shear back spent flowers, cutting 1–2″ into the leaves to keep plants compact and to encourage new growth. In the West, prune plants at any time to keep them dense. In the South, plants may "mug off" in summer heat and humidity—cut back and once weather cools you will see a flush of re-growth.

Thyme is rarely troubled by pests or disease. English Thyme (T. vulgaris) is perennial in Zones 4–9; French Thyme (T. vulgaris) in Zones 4–10; and Lemon Thyme (Thymus x citriodorus 'Variegata') in Zones 6–8.

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