How to grow Creeping thyme

Creeping thyme grow and care – subshrub of the genus Thymus also known Thymus serpyllum or Breckland thyme, Creeping thyme perennial evergreen plant, used as edible plant for the leaves, leaves fragrant, attract pollinators, can used as ornamental plant and can be used as groundcover, can grow in temperate, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 5-10a, and with the right care in hardiness zone 10b.

Creeping thyme edible leaves

Leaves edible in color green, the size 5-18 mm, and leaves shape is elliptic with a pointed top.

Buds are edible in drop shape.

Flower colors purple or pink, red or white flowers small that grow on stalk in inflorescence.

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How to grow Creeping thyme – growing conditions and care information:

Well-drained soil, better weed free

How to care:
Usually the plants not require a lot but, to pull the weeds, the plants are not good in competition and better to reduce and better to bending big stem on the soil and cover in this way the plant will grow new roots

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – propagating by cutting

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to grow

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to moist

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 5-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b

How to plant:
Dig hole bigger than the plant put some organic matter and mix it with the soil, if the plants have stems that can be bending and cover the plant with soil

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn to winter and flowers better to cut blooming stems in the summer

How to prune:
Dead leaves and stems, better to prune the flowers, because the flowers that

Size of the plant:
5-30 cm, 2-12 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:

Planting in pots:
Require well drained and ventilated soil, better to start with small pot but pots need to be bigger than the roots ball 200%-400%, when the roots over grow the container need to increase the size of the container and when arrive to the desirable size, need to switch the soil every 2 years and when the roots over grow need to prune the roots and the leaves and let it regrow

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring, summer

General information about the flower:
Small purple, pink, red or white flowers that grow on stalk in inflorescence

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning better for the growth of the leaves

Plants vegetative reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting or bending a branch over and covering it with earth

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Autumn

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
2-4 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Bending the branch sometime recommend to break the branch little bit, moist soil

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year and better in spring and autumn

How to harvest the leaves?
Better to cut the stems the after the plant established

Information about leaves:
Green leaves, the size 5-18 mm, leaves shape is elliptic with a pointed top

Uses of Creeping thyme leaves:
Herbs, eaten raw, spices, spreads

How to grow Creeping thyme from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Better to sow in 20-26C (68-79F) and possible indoor

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost to summer in hardiness zone 5-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b

Planting spacing:
4*5 cm, (1.4*2 inches) when transplant it to bigger pots in the 10 leaves

Depth of Sowing:

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water (do not overwater)

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Lightly moist soil with medium humidity

Scientific name:

Thymus serpyllum

Alternative names: Breckland thyme, Breckland wild thyme, Wild thyme, Elfin thyme, Ornamental thyme, Creeping lemon thyme, Wild creeping thyme, Dwarf creeping thyme, Trailing thyme

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Bud
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Spreads & Sauces
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Subshrub
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Fragrance
  • Ground cover plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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