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Welcome to this post about growing thyme both indoors and outdoors. Thyme is a fantastic herb to grow at home and is also one of the most rewarding ones too. I find myself almost every day wanting to cut off some thyme sprigs and use them for culinary endeavors.

In this post you will learn about growing thyme both indoors and outdoors, but if you want a more comprehensive guide to thyme, then check out our guide How To Plant, Grow And Care For Your Thyme.

Flowering Thyme Growing Outdoors

How To Grow Thyme Indoors

Growing thyme indoors is really not as hard as you might think. In the beginning of planting the first seed this is probably the best way to grow thyme actually. There are of course some good guidelines to follow to really maximize the amount you get out.

I am gonna pretend like we are growing from seeds. Then you really want to have a soil that has good drainage. This means that the water that you pour over won’t stay still in the ground. It will drain out, not suffocate the plant and make the roots rot. This can simply be achieved by having small holes under whatever you are growing in.

  • Put in the seeds and then let the magic happen. I usually water a little bit before and then leave them in a sunny window inside.
  • Here they will start to germinate and after about 10 – 20 days small outshoots will start being produced. Within a month you should see the first signs of life above the surface of the soil.
  •  Let it dry out a bit before thinking about watering more. Too much water will stress the plant and you won’t have a happy thyme. 

Now we are in the waiting part of growing thyme. This is when the plant should just let it grow and start producing shoots. I want the plant to develop hardened bark in the lowest part of the plant. This indicates for me that it’s healthy and will withstand times when it might need water or sunlight.

After a few months you should be able to take your first small sprigs of thyme and propagate even more if you want too. If you want to learn more about growing thyme from cutting then learn about it here.

Curious about when the best time of the year is to plant thyme? Then we have here on GardensOfMine pt together just the guide for you, covering all the common questions. Find the article here, How To Grow Thyme In.

Thyme Growing Outdoors In The Garden

How To Grow Thyme From Seed Indoors

To grow thyme from seed indoors, start by filling a seed tray or small pots with a good-quality seed-starting mix. Next, sprinkle the thyme seeds evenly over the soil surface, then cover them with a light layer of soil and press gently to ensure good contact. Thyme seeds need light to germinate, so do not cover them completely. Water the soil gently to keep it moist but not waterlogged, and then cover the seed tray with plastic wrap or a clear plastic lid to help keep the soil moist. Place the tray or pots in a warm, bright location, such as near a sunny window or under grow lights. Thyme seeds typically take 7-14 days to germinate. Once the seedlings appear, remove the plastic cover and move them to a cooler location with bright light to help them grow strong. Thyme plants prefer slightly drier conditions, so allow the soil to dry out partially between waterings. You can also fertilize the thyme seedlings with a balanced fertilizer once a month to encourage healthy growth. As the thyme seedlings grow, transplant them to larger pots as needed. When transplanting, be sure to handle the delicate roots gently and not disturb the soil too much. Once the thyme seedlings reach about 4-6 inches tall, you can begin harvesting the leaves as needed.

Thyme Growing Outdoors In The Sun

How To Grow Fresh Thyme In A Pot Indoors

Thyme is an herb that is easy to grow in a pot indoors. To get started, choose a pot that is at least 6 inches deep and has drainage holes at the bottom. Fill the pot with a well-draining potting mix.

Thyme requires plenty of sunlight, so place the pot near a sunny window. You can also use a grow light to supplement natural light if needed.

Water the thyme plant when the soil feels dry to the touch, but be careful not to overwater. Thyme prefers slightly dry soil, so it is important to allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Thyme can be fertilized every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package.

Thyme is a hardy plant that is relatively pest-free. However, you should check the plant regularly for signs of pests or disease, and treat it as necessary.

Finally, when harvesting thyme, it is best to pick the leaves regularly to encourage new growth. Thyme is a delicious herb that can be used in a wide range of dishes, so enjoy experimenting with it in your cooking!

How To Grow Thyme Indoors Winter

Growing thyme indoors during the winter can be a bit of a challenge as it requires a lot of light and warmth to thrive. However, with the right care, you can successfully grow thyme indoors during the winter season. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Choose the right location: Thyme requires at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day, so make sure to place it near a sunny window or use artificial grow lights to provide adequate light.
  2. Use well-draining soil: Thyme prefers well-draining soil, so choose a high-quality potting mix with good drainage. Avoid using heavy soils or garden soil as they can retain too much moisture and lead to root rot.
  3. Water properly: Water thyme when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid over-watering as it can lead to root rot. Thyme prefers slightly dry soil, so it’s better to underwater than overwater.
  4. Use fertilizer sparingly: Thyme doesn’t require a lot of fertilizer. In fact, using too much can lead to leggy growth and reduced flavor. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer sparingly, and only during the growing season.
  5. Provide adequate ventilation: Good air circulation is essential to prevent fungal growth and other plant diseases. Make sure to place the plant in a well-ventilated area.
  6. Control temperature: Thyme prefers warm temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C), so keep the plant away from cold drafts and fluctuating temperatures.

By following these tips, you can successfully grow thyme indoors during the winter season and enjoy fresh herbs all year round.

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