Thyme: secrets and tips for planting and growing successfully

The origins of thyme and its benefits

Thyme, from its scientific name  Thymus, is a genus of perennial  and  evergreen plants belonging to the Lamiaceae family.

Originally from the Mediterranean basin, it has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and culinary virtues. Its small, narrow leaves give off a pleasant and powerful fragrance, which intensifies as it dries.

Thyme is particularly known for its antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant properties, and is often used as an infusion to treat respiratory infections. In the kitchen, it delicately flavors meats, fish, vegetables and sauces, thus providing a tasty and authentic touch to your dishes.

Choosing the right place to plant thyme

Thyme is an undemanding plant that easily adapts to different types of soils and climates.

However, to guarantee optimal production of its aromas and active ingredients, it is important to offer it a  suitable location  .

Thyme prefers light, well-drained soils that are fairly low in organic matter. It does not tolerate excess humidity, which favors the development of fungal diseases.

To avoid this problem, be sure to space your thyme plants far enough apart and install them on a  slightly raised mound  , which will facilitate water flow.

In addition, thyme appreciates  sunny exposures sheltered  from the wind, which allow its leaves to dry quickly after rain and contribute to the concentration of its essential oils.

Planting thyme in the garden or in a pot

Thyme can be grown both in the ground and in pots, depending on your wishes and the limitations of your outdoor space.

To plant thyme in the garden, proceed preferably in spring or autumn, outside of frost periods. Prepare the soil by lightly digging and removing stones and weeds.

Dig holes about  30 centimeters  apart and place your thyme plants in them, being careful not to bury the collars. Tamp the soil around the plants and water moderately.

If you choose to grow in pots, choose a  container with holes in the bottom  and fill it with a mixture of potting soil and sand, which will ensure good drainage. Plant your thyme following the same instructions as for growing in the ground and place your pot in a sunny location protected from strong winds.

Thyme Care and Harvesting

Thyme requires little maintenance, making it an ideal aromatic plant for beginner or low-maintenance gardeners.


To encourage branching of stems and densification of foliage, consider  pruning  your thyme plants after flowering, usually in summer.

This pruning consists of cutting the stems about a third of their length, taking care not to damage the buds at the base of the plant.

Also, don’t hesitate to remove wilted flowers, to avoid seed formation and unnecessarily depleting your thyme.


Regarding irrigation  ,  thyme is a drought-resistant plant and does not need frequent watering. However, be sure to regularly water plants grown in pots, which are more exposed to drying out of the substrate.

When you water, do it preferably in the morning or afternoon, to avoid rapid evaporation of water and sunburn on wet leaves.

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