Thyme is an aromatic perennial evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. Thyme is a genus of the mint family and a relative of the oregano. Thyme herb is packed with numerous health benefiting phytonutrients (plant-derived compounds), minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall health. One of the popular among the herbs collection, thyme originally is native to the southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.
Thyme contains many active elements that known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
Thyme herb contains thymol, one of the important essential oils that has been found scientifically to have antiseptic, and anti-fungal characteristics. Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Growing guide for Thyme Seeds
Sow thyme seed in sterilized growing medium either in shallow rows or scatter on top with little or no covering.
After they take root, have been transplanted to 2- 1/4" peat pots and reach a height of 2-3 inches, they may be moved outside to cooler weather.
For small gardens, space plants about 9 inches apart, for field production space plants 12-18 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart.
Thyme grown outdoors prefers full sun.
"Thyme grows well in a light, well-draining soil, poor to fertile.
Thyme will grow in a pH range between 6.5 (neutral) and 8.5 (alkaline) with a preferred pH range between 6.5 and 7.0."
For best results, start seed indoors at a soil temperature of 70°F (20 C)
Average water needs. Water on a regular schedule. Allow soil to go completely dry between watering, then soak thoroughly.
how to harvest
Harvest thyme just before the flowers begin to open, by cutting the plant one and a half to 2 inches from the ground.
A second growth will develop but this should not be cut at all.
This would reduce the plant’s winter hardiness.
Although a hardy perennial, thyme plants need care over the winter months to survive the cold.