When To Plant Thyme

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Welcome to this post about when the best time is to plant thyme depending on which state you are living in the US. This will serve as a good guideline if you feel unsure about when the best possible time might be and what signs you should look for.


If you want to learn even more about all the fun and interesting facts about growing thyme the best possible way. Then read our guide covering that, How To Plant, Grow and Care For Your Thyme.

Thyme Growing In Florida

How To Grow Thyme In Florida

Growing thyme in Florida might be one of the easiest things you can do. The climate here is so warm and dry that it’s like heaven for thyme. I find that the best way of growing thyme here is just finding a nice spot in your garden that gets a lot of sun during the day. Just water the soil a little bit and look so that it doesn’t pool at the surface. That would mean that there is not a very well drained soil. Something that thyme doesn’t like.


Spread the thyme seeds over the soil and then lightly press them down. Now the hardest part is over. Now we enter the patience period of growing thyme. It will germinate in about 10 – 20 days or so and in less than a month you will see clear signs of life above the soil. Just let it grow and then water it about every other week or so. Because of Florida being so warm sometimes then it might be a good idea to check atleast every week how the thyme plant is doing.

How To Grow Thyme In Texas

Growing thyme in Texas is not as tricky as you might think. Texas is a very good place to grow this fantastic herb. It can have some colder winters and then some pretty warm summers. Even though we have this switch in temperatures, thyme actually performs very well here.


Planting thyme in Texas can be done in a few different ways. The way that I like doing it is first pre-seeding the thyme in small containers and then re-potting them to a freeland section in your garden. This will give you a headstart but also the ability to pick and choose the best thyme seedlings to have the best chance of success.


  • Some pre-work needs to be done for the area you want to plant in. I make sure that it has a good amount of sun every day and that water doesn’t pool on the surface.
  • Thyme likes to have good drainage and a dry soil. As for nutrient rich soil, that’s a bit more important in the beginning so you get a better start.
  • But for the long term it’s not really an issue. As Texas can get a bit warm during the summer so watering it about every week or so is a good idea. But it will depend on the location and the weather. I like to check the surface of the soil. If it’s really dry then I water.

Are you wondering how much you should be watering you thyme at home? In this article here we will discuss that topic and also give some tips and tricks. Fidn it here, How Often Do You Water Thyme.

Thyme Growing In Texas Outside

How To Grow Thyme In Arizona

In Arizona thyme will thrive, with the warm summers and the cooler winters it is the perfect place to succeed. Just like Texas above, I like to go the way of pre-seeding the thyme indoors and keeping it next to a sunny window. Then I can pick and choose the best ones to plant outdoors.


When picking a place to plant on I look at how much sun that place gets every day. Since Arizona can have some searing summer days sometimes, it’s nice to give the thyme plant some shade during the day. That’s why it might be a good idea to plant in a pot instead of directly on freeland where it can be easily moved.


Water the soil a little bit before potting the seedlings and then just sit and wait for it to grow into a bushy plant. This will probably take the whole summer to really propagate it properly. I like to look at how the lower part of the plant looks before harvesting a new plant. If it has developed some bark then it will most likely be able to handle pruning and trimming.

How To Grow Thyme in California

Growing thyme in California is really easy. Here the weather goes from cool to warm during the winter and with searing summers. California is basically a desert to grow on but it does nonetheless have the ability to produce amazing stuff.


Like the two other states above I said that a good idea might be to pre seed the thyme indoors and then planting outdoors when the risk of frost is over and then just letting it be. But for california the best idea might be to just seed it right on freeland and no pre potting in between. It just isn’t really necessary, that’s why. Make sure that the land is well drained and doesn’t pull any water. In California that shouldn’t really be a problem honestly. Sprinkle the seeds over the soil or the area that you want to grow on.


Let the magic happen and water it every week or so depending on how fast the soil dries out. If you sow in and around April then you can expect to make the first really meaningful harvest after the summer. Growing any herb that’s perennial, meaning it can live for many years, it’s a good idea to let it develop really well before cutting any off. Otherwise you might halt the rapid progress it could have.


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 Indoors And Outdoors.

Dried Thyme In California

How To Grow Thyme In Seattle

Thyme really fits into the climate here in Seattle. It actually fits in in most types of climates because it’s such a hardy plant. The climate in Seattle is a lot cooler on the average than other states we have covered above here. But that really doesn’t mean that rhyme wont thrive here. 


Even though I don’t live in Seattle I still have a good idea of what route is the best to grow here. Mostly coming from friends or even some family members there. Because it’s a slightly colder climate the most successful way of growing any herb outside is by pre-seeding it indoors. This gives you the headstart that can so often be needed sometimes.


Get some small containers and plant a seed in each one of them. Then find a window in your house where it can stay and get a good amount of sun during the day. Ideally the whole day actually. After it has made some progress you can re pot it and plant outside. When leaving it outside, make sure that it gets a good amount of sunlight too but don’t make the mistake of overwatering the plant. It can take a watering every other week or so. If you feel like there’s almost too much drainage in the soil and it dries out quickly then you can water more often.


Something worth knowing about growing herbs is that the flavors will actually intensify if the plant has to struggle a little bit. If you know a thing or two about wine, the same goes for the grapes that are used there.


Would you like to read an article that talks about growing thyme all year round? We have the perfect one for you then. Find it here, Does Thyme Grow All Year Round.

How To Grow Thyme in Georgia

Growing thyme in Georgia can be a real treat. Unlike Seattle that we talked about above, here you can actually sow it directly on freeland or in a pot outside and still see great success. It’s a bit warmer here than other states so growing on freeland as the first step is completely possible.


When I recommend growing something inside firstly it’s because you sometimes want a headstart to the weather. If it’s cold all the way until May, then growing something inside for two months will yield you a bigger harvest at the end of the season.


So sow the seeds on soil that has good drainage and where the sun can reach it for about 8 – 10 hours during the day. That’s the ideal condition. You shouldn’t have to worry about using fertilizers for the plant as too much will have a severe detrimental effect to it.


In Georgia harvest time for thyme is usually at the end of the summer. This is after it has made some rapid gains in growth and the lower part of the plant will have developed some bark and hardened. This makes it not as vulnerable to cutting and trimming.

Thyme Growing Indoors

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