Thymus praecox growing subshrub of the genus Thymus and also known as Mother of Thyme, Thymus praecox perennial evergreen plant, used as edible plant and also used as fragrant ornamental plant and as groundcover, can grow in temperate, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 5-9, and with right care in hardiness zone 10.
Thymus praecox leaves
Leaves edible in color green in oval shape, the leaf texture is hard, the size of the leaves 3-12 mm.
Buds are edible in drop shape.
Flower color purple, small flowers that grows on stalk in inflorescence.
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How to grow Thymus praecox growing condition and care:
Well-drained soil, 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
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:
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
Average amount of water, small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
Planting thyme Mother of 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
General information about the flower:
Small purple flowers that grow on stalk in inflorescence
Pollination is done by:
Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning better for the growth of the leaves
Leaves harvesting season:
How to harvest the leaves?
Better to cut the stems the after the plant established
Information about leaves:
Green leaves in oval shape, the size of the leaves can be: 3-12 mm
Uses of Thymus praecox leaves:
Herbs, eaten raw, spices, spreads
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:
Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Bending the branch sometime recommend to break the branch little bit, moist soil
How to grow Thymus praecox from seeds
Better to sow in 20-26C (68-79F) and possible indoor
Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location
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
4*5 cm, (1.4*2 inches) when transplant it to bigger pots in the 10 leaves
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water (do not overwater)
Condition of seedling:
lightly moist soil with medium humidity
Alternative names: Mother of thyme, Creeping thyme, Wild thyme