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Growing German Thyme (also known as English Thyme)

Postby dj_backq » May 11, 2008 6:33 pm

Anybody here grows german (english) thyme from seed. I have 9 seedling, 6 weeks old, and only 3 of them actually stand up. The others are growing as if they were crawlers... is this normal?

Should I support them with little sticks?? Or let them crawl...
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Postby OGrubber » May 12, 2008 8:11 am

It's normal.

They'll "lift" themselves when the stems get a little woodier.
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Postby kelly_m » May 12, 2008 8:16 am

Andre...don't worry about your thyme....although it appears to be creeping, it's not, and it will grow taller. Right now in the seedling stage your stems will be very 'flexible' and haven't become very woody yet. Once the stems have hardened then they will become more upright.

It is one of my fave herbs...have it in three types...and not just in my herb garden!!LOL

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Postby dj_backq » May 12, 2008 8:31 am

Thanks Kelly and OGrubber!

Do yours over winter?

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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 12, 2008 8:40 am

If you pinch the tips of the thyme seedlings, they will send out nice basal gowth, and not be quite so "crawly".
German thyme usually overwinters, but ours all look like S%#@ after the snowless, cold end of winter.
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Postby kelly_m » May 12, 2008 8:56 am

Yes they do Andre, and usually very well...although, like Sharon says, they look like crap if it is a cold, snowless winter...good spring pruning helps that!!

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