Growing Thyme Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Perennial
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Planting Depth: 1/4”
  • Plant Spacing: 1-2’
  • Growth Habit: Low/mound
  • Soil Preference: Moderately dry and well-drained
  • Temp Preference: Warm
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Color: Forest-green leaves with purple flowers
  • Flavor: Herbaceous, earthy and resinous

Sowing and Growing

Sow thyme seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date. Germination takes 1-2 weeks, but can germinate quicker when sown indoors. Shrub-like and low-growing, common thyme prefers well-drained soil and moderately dry soil. Place in a sunny location and water lightly once thyme plants are established. Cut back to delay flowering. Thyme plants are not only pretty during bloom, they also attract beneficial pollinators such as bees!


You can harvest thyme at any point during the season from well established plants. Use fresh thyme or hang in small bundles to dry for winter use. Strip the forest-green leaves from the stems and store in a cool, dark location. Common thyme has many uses. Try it as a flavor enhancer with either vegetables or to season chicken. You can even infuse thyme in oil or vinegar! Herbs such as thyme are popular in seasoning meats and making vegetable dishes more robust.

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