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