How to grow
Thyme gives best flavor in nutrient-poor soil. Trim after flowering to promote new growth and prevent the plant from becoming woody.
- Type: Perennial, evergreen, woody
- Light: Full sun
- Soil: Well drained
- Water: Low water. Do not overwater
- Size: In general, 6-12" high, 6-12" wide. Space plants 12-24" apart, depending on variety
When to plant/propagate
- From seed: Direct seed after the last frost date in spring, or sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks prior to the last frost date
- Transplants: Plant seedlings when danger of frost is past
- Cuttings & divisions: Propagate via cuttings in early summer
- For drying, harvest before flowering for best flavor
- Preserving and drying herbs
Indoors: Thyme can be grown as an indoor plant with 6 hours of bright light from a sunny window, or 12-16 hours of supplemental light provided by cool white fluorescent or LED lamps
- Grow Herbs!, UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
See our list of Spring Garden Fair Herbs for varieties that we have found perform well here.
*Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.