Thyme Purple Creeping Seeds | Thymus serpyllum
HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
Sunny, well-drained soil is good for Thyme Creeper. Sow seeds in March to May or August to September. The seed is very fine so mix some with horticultural sand to make it easier to handle. Sprinkle seed thinly on seed trays but cover the seed very lightly or not at all. Place ideally in a heated propagator or cover with a polythene bag and keep at 20C. The seed should germinate in 2 weeks. Transplant into small pots when large enough. Thyme can be multi-sewn on to a plug tray to avoid the pricking out stage. When thyme plants are about 5cm tall, 'harden off' for 3-4 days & transplant to garden or container when the risk of frost has passed.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
Keep watering to a minimum as seedlings are prone to damping off and always water from the bottom. Thyme is a woody perennial so after 3 years it will need dividing to encourage fresh vigor and after 5 years it will probably need replacing, but cuttings are easy to take. It can be picked very lightly in its first year but if possible leave alone in the first year and pick from the second year. It can be harvested all year round but only lightly in winter as it isn't growing. Once established can be picked all year.
WHAT IS THYME CREEPER
This Purple Thyme has a creeping habit, forming mats, usually becoming 10cm in height. It has attractive purple flowers. Used for both ornamental and culinary applications. Thymol presents in this plant is very beneficial for killing microorganisms. It is also used to reduce high blood pressure levels and is very effective for the sufferers of hypertension. It is also an effective herb for treating breast and colon cancer.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Sowing Time: Summer
- Height: 3 - 6 cm
- Mature: 12 Months
- Bloom Time: June to July
- Zone: 4 to 8
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