Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Garden Thyme , Tiemie (Afr.)

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With such a wide variety of uses, it is a “must have” for the herb garden. Thyme was used by the Egyptians for embalming, as incense by the early Greeks, and to ward off nightmares or as a gift during the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most popular herbs to grow, especially because it is grown as a perennial, so it doesn't have to be replanted each year. It is used culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and as an insect repellant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested and dried throughout the year.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing time best during Spring and Summer. Sowing depth should be 4-6 mm and germination time takes between 15-20 days.

Cuttings

Cuttings may be taken in late spring. Take thyme cutting at a node on the stem at a point where the leaves attach. Plant in moist soil and keep damp until settled in.

Division

Divide roots during spring. Divide the little bush into smaller sections and make sure that each section has roots attached.

Special features

Repels harmful insects

Keeps mosquitoes away.

Indoor plant

Choose a high light intensity spot.

Drought resistant

Once established can survive on small amounts of water.

Pot plant

Make a good companion for fruit trees in huge pots or keep in the kitchen windowsill to use while cooking.

Attracts bees

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Antiseptic (often used in mouthwashes like Listerine), antifungal and used for coughs and bronchitis.

Edible

Used fresh or dried in almost all savoury dishes. Especially to enhance the flavour of chicken or lamb dishes.

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild
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