Superb culinary thyme. Spicier, more pungent flavor than German Winter in a smaller plant. Tender perennial in Zones 6-8. Grow as an annual in Zones colder than 6. Avg. 122,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds. DAYS TO GERMINATION:14-21 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C).
SOWING:Transplant (recommended): Start seeds in flats 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds on top of the growing medium and cover with a thin layer of soil mix. Keep moist until germination. Transplant to individual containers when plants have 4 true leaves. After the last frost in spring, transplant outside and space 6-8" apart, in rows 12-18" apart. Pinch off growing tips of upright growing varieties to make bushier plants.
LIGHT PREFERENCE:Sun/Part Shade. In very hot climates, thyme will need part shade to do well.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Thyme grows best in light, dry, well-drained soil.
HARVEST:Cut only a few stems the first year in order for the plants to winter over. In subsequent years, harvest just as the flowers being to open. Cut back to within 4-5" above the ground.
Note:Thyme will become woody and needs to be divided or replaced after 3-4 years.