Growing and Saving the Seed Of Thyme

Latin name Thymus spp is an aromatic evergreen herb of the mint family, and is closely related to oregano. It boasts a pleasant yet pungent flavor. Bees love this flavorful and ornamental herb!



Native to the Mediterranean region. Ancient Egyptians used thyme in the embalming process and ancient Greeks used it in ceremonies, to symbolize courage.


  • Container gardening
  • Ground cover
  • Herb garden
  • Edible landscaping.




  • Thyme seeds are slow to germinate and are best started indoors.
  • Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost, then transplant out after last frost.
  • Surface sow and lightly cover seeds with fine soil, and water thoroughly but gently.
  • Place seeds in a warm area and cover to hold in moisture.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 60-75 F.
  • Seeds germinate in 14-21 days.


  • Space plants 6-8 inches apart.
  • Transplant to full sun area once seedlings are established.
  • When growing indoors, keep plants in a sunny window.
  • Thyme thrives in heat and sun.


  • A relatively pest- and disease-free plant.
  • Thyme likes to be planted in an area with good air circulation in order to prevent rots and fungus.


  • Allow flowers to dry and turn brown.
  • Gently rub the browned flower stalks into a bag and winnow to separate.
  • Store in a cool, dark, dry place.