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Mother of Thyme Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item # 02016-PK-P1
$2.95
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Available to ship.

A single plant spreads up to 3 feet wide!

A perennial Thyme for use between paving-stones or as an edging!
Mother of Thyme is an ideal choice for planting between walkway stones, edging the flower or vegetable garden, or cascading over rocks or wood in a terraced garden. Its dense, spreading habit makes it the ideal groundcover, while its rich fragrance and bright blooms add immeasurably to the appeal of any landscape.

This perennial thyme is very adaptable and tough, though to look at its lush display, you would never guess at its resilience! The blooms attract butterflies and bees, while the intense fragrance seems to deter nibbling rabbits and deer. The perfect combination!

Evergreen in most areas and quite drought-resistant once it has become established, Mother of Thyme is a good choice for just about any bare, sunny, well-drained patch of soil. This prostrate, mat-forming perennial with slim stems is lined with tiny, oval, hairy leaves. Clusters of pink-purple flowers appear in summer on plants that reach ½ to 3 inches tall and up to 3 feet wide.

Grow Mother of Thyme as you would other thyme varieties: direct-sow in well-drained garden soil receiving full sun. For best coverage as a groundcover, avoid planting in very cold or wet areas, and space plants 18 inches apart. Zones 4-9. Pkt is 100 seeds.

Genus Thymus
Species serphyllum
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Prostrate
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 2 in - 6 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Edible, Flower, Fragrance, Herbs, Butterfly Lovers, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Lavender, Purple
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Dry
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Ground Cover, Outdoor, Baskets, Beds, Border, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Winter Interest
Mother of Thyme Germination Information

Mother of Thyme Seed Germination How to Sow Mother of Thyme:
  • Best sown indoors at a wide temperature range of 55-80° and with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • At cooler temperatures, expect germination in 15-20 days; at warmer temperatures, expect germination in 5-10 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and the ground is warm
  • Outdoors, sow with barely any cover
  • The seeds are very small

How to Grow Mother of Thyme:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 1-2 feet apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in a neutral to alkaline, light, dry, well-drained soil. Very tolerant of heat and drought, but very tolerant of winter moisture. Mulch to keep the foliage off of wet soil

Additional Care: Prune hard in the spring or early summer to control growth and to rejuvenate old, woody plants

Appearance and Use:

Besides its traditional role in the herb garden, this vigorous herb is grown as a groundcover in the front of borders, used as an edging, and situated in rock gardens. It is a prostrate growing (2 inches tall by 24 inches wide) woody shrub, the leaves of which are used in cooking. Harvest the rounded, dark green, aromatic foliage at any time for use both fresh and dried. In the summer, clusters of lavender, purple, or white flowers cover the plant. The flowers make good bee pasture. Thymus vulgaris, English Thyme, grows to 11/2 feet tall, has larger leaves, and is hardy Zones 4 to 8


About Mother of Thyme:
Botanical name: Thymus serpyllum
Pronunciation:  thi’mus ser-pi’lum
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to southern Europe

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?

Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.