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Welcome to this post about how to trim thyme the best way it can keep growing. Here we will cover some of the best techniques that you can use to successfully make your thyme thrive in your garden.

If you want to learn even more about growing thyme then check out our comprehensive guide here, How To Plant, Grow And Care For Your Thyme.

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How To Prune Thyme

So how do you trim thyme so it can keep growing and produce a bountiful harvest throughout the year? The most important part is making sure that you don’t get too aggressive. I go by the rule of never trimming more than 30 % of my plant. This will make sure that the plant is no longer stressed and will continue spreading out and becoming more bushy.

But when choosing which places you can trim then you need to look at how the new offshoots are coming out. I always go by the rule of cutting above new offshoots. They always grow in two, or at least for the most part. With this technique, you cut off one and two new growths. So you can see the rapid progress that can happen if you keep this up. I also never try to cut off any sprig or part that has formed bark. This is because it will be harder for the thyme to grow in these places.

Looking at the conditions that the thyme plant grows in is also very important if you want to really secure the future growth of your thyme plant. The soil needs to be very well drained and the plant needs a good amount of sunlight every day. Otherwise, the growth might be slowed down. As for having nutrition-rich soil, don’t worry about that as they don’t like too much of it. It likes dry and almost dead soil. Obviously, there’s a limit for that but that’s the general rule I like to follow.

In the summer is the time when thyme grows the fastest so this is when I trim the most also. I tend to water about every two weeks or so, never watering if the soil is still a bit moist. Having the right environment and setting up your thyme for success is equally as important as knowing how to trim the plant.

To reiterate again how you should trim. Do it where new shoots are coming out never more than 30 % of the plant. I like to cut only the top parts of the plant since I find that they grow back the quickest. Also never cut any parts that have formed bark, because it will be very difficult for the plant to regrow these parts.

If you are curious about growing thyme either indoors or outdoors then we have actually put together such a guide that you can find here, How To Grow Thyme Both Indoors And Outdoors.

Thyme Growing Indoors In A Pot

How To Prune Thyme To Promote Growth

Pruning is an important part of thyme care, as it helps to promote healthy growth and ensure the plant stays compact and bushy. The best time to prune thyme is in the spring, just as new growth begins to emerge.

To prune your thyme, start by using a sharp pair of pruning shears or scissors. Cut back the stems to just above a set of leaves or node where new growth is emerging. This will encourage the plant to branch out and grow more densely.

You can also pinch off the tips of the stems with your fingers if you prefer a more natural look. This will help to encourage branching and a fuller, bushier growth habit.

Be sure not to remove more than a third of the plant at one time, as this can shock the thyme and cause it to take longer to recover. Instead, prune lightly and consistently throughout the growing season to keep your thyme healthy and thriving.

Thyme Growing In The Sun Outdoors

How To Prune Thyme Aerogarden

Pruning thyme in an Aerogarden is a bit different from pruning outdoor thyme plants because the space is limited, and the plants grow differently. Here are some steps to follow when pruning thyme in an Aerogarden:

  1. Wait until the thyme plants are at least 3 inches tall before pruning them. This ensures that the plants have had enough time to develop a strong root system.
  2. Identify the main stem or stems that are growing the strongest. These are the stems that should be pruned first. Use a clean pair of scissors or pruning shears to trim off the top 1/3 of the stem. This will encourage the thyme plant to branch out and grow more leaves.
  3. Once the main stems have been pruned, look for smaller stems that are growing between the main stems. These should also be pruned back by about 1/3 to encourage branching and growth.
  4. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves from the thyme plants. This will help prevent the spread of disease and pests.
  5. Repeat this process every few weeks to keep the thyme plants healthy and promote growth.

It’s important not to over-prune the thyme plants, as this can stress them and stunt their growth. Also, be sure to dispose of the pruned stems and leaves properly, so they don’t attract pests or spread disease.

When Should Thyme Be Pruned

Thyme can be pruned at any time of the year, but the best time to do so depends on the purpose of the pruning. If you want to promote bushier growth and prevent the plant from becoming too woody, it’s best to prune thyme in early spring before the new growth appears. This will encourage the plant to put its energy into new shoots, resulting in a fuller, more compact plant.

If you want to harvest thyme for culinary use, the best time to prune is just before the plant flowers. This is when the flavor and aroma of the leaves are at their peak, and harvesting at this time will encourage the plant to produce more foliage.

It’s also important to regularly prune back any dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant healthy and prevent the spread of disease.

Can You Cut Back Woody Thyme

Yes, woody thyme can be cut back to promote new growth and maintain the plant’s shape and size. However, it’s important to avoid cutting back more than one-third of the plant at a time to avoid stressing the plant and potentially damaging it.

If the thyme has become too woody or overgrown, it’s best to cut it back in the early spring before new growth begins. This will give the plant time to recover and produce new growth throughout the growing season.

When cutting back woody thyme, use a clean pair of pruning shears to make a clean cut just above a leaf node. This will help promote new growth and prevent any damage to the plant.

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Should You Cut Back Thyme In Winter

It depends on the specific type of thyme and the climate in which it is grown. Generally, it’s not recommended to cut back thyme in winter because it can harm the plant’s growth. However, in regions with mild winters, light pruning of the plant can be done to promote better growth in the upcoming spring season. It’s always best to research the specific type of thyme you have and consider the climate in your area before pruning the plant.

Does Thyme Grow Back After Cutting

Yes, thyme plants generally grow back after cutting. Thyme is a hardy perennial herb, which means it grows back year after year. When you cut back thyme, it will stimulate new growth from the remaining stems and encourage the plant to become bushier. However, it’s important not to cut back the stems too much, as this can damage the plant and make it more susceptible to diseases. Generally, you should only remove about one-third of the plant’s growth at a time to ensure healthy regrowth. Additionally, it’s best to prune thyme in the spring or early summer, before the plant starts to flower, to promote vigorous growth.

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