Planting Creeping Thyme Seeds
About Creeping Thyme
Creeping Thyme is a versatile and beloved dwarf ground cover, widely used in landscape designs. It is a popular choice for creating borders around flower beds and filling the spaces between pavers in walkways. Known for its adaptability, Creeping Thyme can withstand moderate foot traffic. Resilient against diseases and insects, it also serves as a protective barrier for vegetables and ornamental plantings.
When to Plant Creeping Thyme Seeds
Creeping Thyme, a perennial herb, is well-suited for zones 4-9. Directly sow seeds outdoors in late spring or start them indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost for optimal growth.
Where to Plant Creeping Thyme Seeds
Creeping Thyme thrives in well-drained soil with a neutral pH (between 6.5 and 7.5) and flourishes in areas with good sunlight, although it can tolerate partial shade. Keep in mind that it is a slow grower and may require more than one season to reach its full potential.
How to Plant Creeping Thyme Seeds
Creeping Thyme seeds require light to germinate, so be careful not to cover them when planting. Learn more about germination light requirements here.
Directly sow seeds outdoors when temperatures consistently reach the high 60s or above. Division of established plantings can be done in March and April. Avoid fall plantings to prevent freeze damage. Expect germination in approximately 21-28 days, keeping seeds consistently moist until strong germination occurs. Press seeds into the soil without covering them, ensuring good seed-to-soil contact for optimal germination rates. Once germination is underway, water to a depth of 6 inches when the topsoil dries out. Light mulching may help retain moisture in warmer, drier climates, but it's usually unnecessary between pavers or in shaded areas. Consider a light dose of delayed-release fertilizer for poorer soils, although well-prepared soil with organic material generally eliminates the need for fertilizer.
How to Care for Creeping Thyme
Creeping Thyme does not thrive in excessively clay or sandy soils. It typically reaches a height of 2-3 inches, with each established plant spreading to about 1 foot wide. After a few years, the center of the plant may become woody and start to die back. Carefully trim away the dead parts, and the healthy outer sections can be replanted to maintain the plant's vitality.