Growing Creeping Thyme Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Thymus serpyllum
- Other Names: Wild Thyme, Breckland Thyme, Elfin Thyme, Mother of Thyme
- Seed Type: Perennial
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Begin Creeping thyme in seed flats 8 – 10 weeks before final frost. Sow seeds on top of growing medium and lightly cover with rich soil mix. Germination can be slow and take 14 – 21 days, then transplant either indoors or out once there are two sets of true leaves.
- Days to Maturity: 2nd year maturity
- Hardiness Zone: 4 – 9
- Planting Depth: ¼”
- Plant Spacing: 12 - 18"
- Growth Habit: 6 – 8” tall creeping shrub with a 12 – 18” reach covered in florets
- Soil Preference: Light, dry, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Creeping Thyme does not thrive in excessively shady or clay soil. Creeping Thyme is such a vigorous plant that it is considered an invasive species in some regions by the USDA. No known susceptibility to pests or disease.
- Color: Lavender florets sprinkled over an evergreen shrub
Begin Creeping thyme seeds in seed flats 8 –10 weeks before final regional frost. Sow on top of growing medium and lightly cover with rich soil mix. Thyme seed germination can be slow and may take 14 – 21 days. Then transplant Creeping thyme seedlings either indoors or outdoors once there are two sets of true leaves. When sowing directly, plant Creeping thyme seed ¼” deep and 12 – 18” apart in light, dry, and well-drained soil in full sun. Thyme does not thrive in excessively shady or clay soil. Creeping Thyme has no known susceptibility to pests or disease and is such a vigorous grower that it is considered an invasive species in some regions by the USDA. Creeping Thyme is a perennial that matures in its 2nd year as 6 – 8” tall creeping shrub with a wide 12 – 18” reach clustered in ¼” lavender florets.
Thymus serpyllum, Creeping Thyme, is a member of the mint family and native to most of Europe and Northern Africa. Creeping Thyme is also commonly known as Wild Thyme, Breckland Thyme, Elfin Thyme, or Mother of Thyme.