Water down well as this should be an area with very good drainage. Archers Gold:Golden leaves and pink flowers. Start with purchased plants, or start seeds indoors in early spring. Cover with a light layer of sieved compost and water gently. Start with purchased plants, or start seeds indoors in early spring. Common thyme:Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, has dark green leaves and mauve flowers. Use scissors to snip off sprigs, ensuring cuts are made carefully to avoid spoiling the shape of plants. When thyme plants are about 5cm tall, 'harden off' for 3-4 days & transplant to … French thyme:Compact, with narrow dark green leaves. Its edible leaves are used fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews, fish, meat, sausages, stuffings and vegetable dishes. Aureus AGM:Green and yellow variegated leaves with a citrus kick. Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area. Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow… Creeping forms make sturdy ground covers. As they are evergreen, thyme can be picked all year round, but the leaves taste best during their natural growing season. Bees are attracted to pink thyme flowers. Wait until April to mid July – basically wait for all frosts to be well and truly done. Plant it in free-draining soil or gravel in spring or autumn. Thyme can be brought at ready-grown plants, but is also easy to grow from seed. They demand well-drained soil and will rot over winter if the ground is too wet. Transplant into small pots when large enough. Remove fallen leaves that settle on thyme plants in autumn to prevent rotting. How to Sow Thyme Outside. Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Becomes dormant from fall to spring. If your soil is too heavy or you have a small garden, grow thyme in pots – they will thrive in 15cm (6in) pots filled with a gritty potting medium, ideally soil. Originally from the Mediterranean, thyme thrives in well-drained soil that’s low in nutrients. 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum). Remedy: Use biological controls and encourage ladybirds. Plants hate too much water and are fairly drought tolerant. Cover it very lightly with seed compost. It’s particularly well suited to growing in gravel gardens, … (Thyme can be multi-sown on to a plug tray to avoid the pricking out stage). Place in a propagator to germinate. Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. Planting it in full sun brings the essential oils to the surface of the leaves and gives it great flavour. Thyme will thank you for poor treatment, putting out new shoots during drought. They are an important ingredient in bouquet garni and herbes de Provence. 020 3176 5800 Sprinkle seed thinly on seed trays but cover the seed very very lightly or not at all. When thyme plants are about 10cm tall, 'harden off' for 3-4 days & transplant to … Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum) When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into individual pots. Rocket, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Sage, Strawberry, Ageratum, Dianthus, Portulaca and Dahlia. Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost. (Thyme can be multi-sown on to a plug tray to avoid the pricking out stage). Winter hardy. Place ideally in a heated propagator or cover with a polythene bag and keep at 20C. Use fresh or dried for later use. They suck sap and secrete ‘honeydew’ which causes black sooty mould on the leaves. Seed should germinate in 2 weeks. Ensure plants in pots are not allowed to dry out completely for any length of time during long hot, dry spells. Transplant into small pots when large enough. Sow and Plant. Good culinary thyme can be grown from seed, but some creeping forms are propagated only from rooted cuttings or divisions. Gather stems for drying in summer, before the plants bloom. Plant out in a warm, sunny spot in the garden. Finely rake the soil where they are to grow. Clip to shape after flowering with secateurs. Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, Our Garden Centres and online shops are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle, General enquiries Place ideally in a heated propagator or cover with a polythene bag and keep at 20C. Rows: 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum). Good culinary thyme can be grown from seed, but some creeping forms are propagated only from rooted cuttings or divisions. Sow. Thinly sow the tiny little seeds onto that moist warm soil. The aromatic foliage of thyme will fill the air with scent on a warm sunny day, while its flowers are a magnet to wildlife. Mealybug: Small creatures covered in a white ‘meal’ cluster in inaccessible spaces like leaf joints or under loose bark. Seed should germinate in 2 weeks. In early spring fill small pots with seed sowing compost and scatter a few seeds lightly over the surface. Good culinary thyme can be grown from seed, but some creeping forms are propagated only from rooted cuttings or divisions. Sprinkle seed thinly on seed trays but cover the seed very very lightly or not at all. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. Essentially drought-loving, thyme needs protection from cold winds and wet winters. Place a collar of horticultural grit or gravel around plants in the ground to protect the foliage from wet soil. Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out. When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into individual pots. times, RHS Registered Charity no. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected Place in a propagator to germinate. In early spring fill small pots with seed sowing compost and scatter a few seeds lightly over the surface. Start with purchased plants, or start seeds indoors in early spring. 222879/SC038262. Cover with a light layer of sieved compost and water gently. Thyme can be brought at ready-grown plants, but is also easy to grow from seed. Protect plants in pots from excessive winter wet by placing in a rain shadow or a dry, light position and raise onto pot feet to allow the compost to drain freely.