Gather stems for drying in summer, before the plants bloom. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected Creeping forms make sturdy ground covers. Planting it in full sun brings the essential oils to the surface of the leaves and gives it great flavour. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Mealybug: Small creatures covered in a white ‘meal’ cluster in inaccessible spaces like leaf joints or under loose bark. Remove fallen leaves that settle on thyme plants in autumn to prevent rotting. Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum) Start with purchased plants, or start seeds indoors in early 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. Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out. 020 3176 5800 When thyme plants are about 5cm tall, 'harden off' for 3-4 days & transplant to … Wait until April to mid July – basically wait for all frosts to be well and truly done. (Thyme can be multi-sown on to a plug tray to avoid the pricking out stage). Transplant into small pots when large enough. As they are evergreen, thyme can be picked all year round, but the leaves taste best during their natural growing season. Seed should germinate in 2 weeks. French thyme:Compact, with narrow dark green leaves. 222879/SC038262. Cover with a light layer of sieved compost and water gently. Plants hate too much water and are fairly drought tolerant. (Thyme can be multi-sown on to a plug tray to avoid the pricking out stage). How to Sow Thyme Outside. In early spring fill small pots with seed sowing compost and scatter a few seeds lightly over the surface. Ensure plants in pots are not allowed to dry out completely for any length of time during long hot, dry spells. They demand well-drained soil and will rot over winter if the ground is too wet. When thyme plants are about 10cm tall, 'harden off' for 3-4 days & transplant to … Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost. Archers Gold:Golden leaves and pink flowers. Thyme can be brought at ready-grown plants, but is also easy to grow from seed. When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into individual pots. Aureus AGM:Green and yellow variegated leaves with a citrus kick. Use scissors to snip off sprigs, ensuring cuts are made carefully to avoid spoiling the shape of plants. Sow and Plant. Rows: 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum). Rocket, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Sage, Strawberry, Ageratum, Dianthus, Portulaca and Dahlia. The aromatic foliage of thyme will fill the air with scent on a warm sunny day, while its flowers are a magnet to wildlife. Bees are attracted to pink thyme flowers. Cover with a light layer of sieved compost and water gently. Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area. Becomes dormant from fall to spring. They are an important ingredient in bouquet garni and herbes de Provence. Sprinkle seed thinly on seed trays but cover the seed very very lightly or not at all. Transplant into small pots when large enough. Finely rake the soil where they are to grow. Essentially drought-loving, thyme needs protection from cold winds and wet winters. 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. Remedy: Use biological controls and encourage ladybirds. times, RHS Registered Charity no. Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow… Cover it very lightly with seed compost. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. Sprinkle seed thinly on seed trays but cover the seed very very lightly or not at all. Plant it in free-draining soil or gravel in spring or autumn. Its edible leaves are used fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews, fish, meat, sausages, stuffings and vegetable dishes. Winter hardy. Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants. Use fresh or dried for later use. It’s particularly well suited to growing in gravel gardens, … Thinly sow the tiny little seeds onto that moist warm soil. Water down well as this should be an area with very good drainage. Place in a propagator to germinate. Seed should germinate in 2 weeks. Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Place in a propagator to germinate. Start with purchased plants, or start seeds indoors in early spring. 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum). When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into individual pots. 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