How to take care of thyme

If planted in the right spot, thyme grows into a nice “bush”, even with low maintenance.

Thyme stays fresh for one or two weeks if you keep it in a cool and sunny place indoors before use. Put it in a ceramic plant holder or place it on a plate and water moderately. Never leave excess water under the pot. Without enough light, stems will be thin and leggy.

If you want your thyme to keep growing, you have to take it outdoors.

Thyme needs a lot of light, so its stems will be nice and strong if kept on a balcony. Young shoots need frequent watering, but older ones tolerate drought well. Use plant food on a monthly basis from May to September, and only pure water in winter. Thyme roots often fill the whole pot, it is best to replant it to a larger pot in this case. Be careful with young plants when you repot them. Older woody plants, however, are less likely to be damaged.

Fertilize the soil before planting thyme in open ground, as thyme will stay in the same place for at least 5-6 years. It enjoys full sun in the garden. It tolerates drought, but grows faster when watered regularly. Prune it back to 2-5 cm two or three times during summer; this will encourage new shoots.

Thyme branches may be picked all year long. If you would like thyme to grow into a nice bush, cut back the stems to 2-5 cm at the same time, so that new shoots will grow evenly.

The tender stems of young plants may be chopped and used as seasoning; however, when using older woody stems, you need to take off the leaves before you put it in your food.