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Thyme - Thymus

Thymian Pflanze Lubera Stauden

Buying a thyme plant is always worthwhile, as this popular culinary herb is very versatile. These plants thrive in the kitchen and herb garden as well as in a pot on a balcony or terrace.

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Thymus doerfleri 'Bressingham Seedling'

Bressingham pink (creeping) thyme

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Thymus praecox 'Purpurteppich'

Red creeping thyme, mother of thyme

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Thymus pulegioides 'Foxley'

Broad-leaved thyme, lemon thyme

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Thymus serpyllum 'Albus'

Breckland thyme, wild thyme

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Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineus'

Mother of thyme 'Coccineus'

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Thymus serpyllum 'Creeping Red'

Breckland thyme 'Creeping Red'

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No image available Thymus serpyllum 'Pygmaeus'

Creeping thyme 'Pygmaeus'

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No image available Thymus thracicus 'Pinewood'

Thyme with the scent of pine

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More useful information about Thyme - Thymus

The white, pink or purple flowers are very popular with insects. Many varieties of these perennials are also suitable for gravel paths or rock gardens, where not so many flowering perennials thrive. Here the bees are particularly happy about this additional food! And of course, you will appreciate your thyme plant for the kitchen and you will soon no longer want to cook without this versatile Mediterranean herb. A thyme plant requires little effort because it is a robust, easy to care for crop that can be grown in a sunny, rather dry location, where it will often self-sow. A thyme plant enriches every balcony and every herb garden because it fits in perfectly with all other Mediterranean herbs.

The Best Varieties

The thyme plant belongs to a large plant genus with about 350 species. There are woody evergreen perennials, shrubs and semi-shrubs with aromatic leaves and flowers. In nature, the different types of this plant occur in dry grasslands on calcareous soils. There are wild or real thyme in many places in Europe and Asia. Some types such as Thymus vulgaris or Thymus x citriodorus are particularly popular as culinary herbs. The yellow dwarf thyme 'Golden Dwarf' is a pretty, yellow-leaved lemon thyme, while the variety 'Lemon' is mainly used for the kitchen. This classic lemon thyme is used for vegetable dishes and for fish. In the case of genuine or common garden thyme, the variety Thymus vulgaris 'Compactus', which forms compact, small bushes that develop particularly nicely when harvested regularly, has proven particularly useful. Creeping thyme species, on the other hand, are often used for gravel paths and rock gardens, especially Thymus serpyllum, which is available in various flower colours from Lubera. These are also often used for green roofs and are an excellent source of food for bees. Therefore, buying a thyme plant is also a sensible decision from an ecological point of view. Often, these thymes take over the sowing on their own accord and spread when they like it.

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The Right Location for the Balcony and Garden

All types and varieties of this spicy, aromatic herb need a spot in full sun. This applies to the balcony as well as to the use in the garden. The Mediterranean Thymus species, in particular, need a warm, protected location. (T. Pulegioida), which also grows wild in our region, is less sensitive to cold or wind, and it is the only one that is completely frost-resistant. The genuine or kitchen Thymus (T. vulgaris) is also quite hardy. It should be grown for use on the balcony or in the garden close to the house so that it can easily be used for Mediterranean dishes. All types of Thymus thrive on stony, poor soils that should be calcareous. Potting soil is used in a pot, or you can mix normal balcony soil with sand. The following applies to window boxes and pots on the balcony in terms of location: the thyme plant tolerates a lot of sun and can also survive in the midday heat. In containers, however, it is important that these sun-loving plants receive water regularly. In the garden, on the other hand, they form deeper roots and can also bridge hot days alone. T. vulgaris, in particular, should not be missing in any herb or spice garden and on any herb balcony.

Proper Planting and Care

These plants are quite robust and undemanding to care for. What you absolutely need is good drainage. This means that if the plants grow in containers, they must have a drainage hole. A drainage layer should also be added to the bottom of the container. If normal potting soil or vegetable soil is used, then you should mix it with about a quarter to a third of sand. This improves the permeability. In addition, these herbs need very little food. They should also be sparingly fertilised. On hot summer days, however, they have to be given water. In the garden you can give the thyme plants some compost in the spring - that's enough. In the spring, the larger thyme species such as T. vulgaris, which are woody semi-shrubs, should be cut back by around a third each. This way, these thyme plants keep a nice, compact shape and sprout vigorously. The creeping thyme, however, should not be cut.

How to Harvest

You can harvest individual twigs for the kitchen from each type of thyme throughout the growing season. It is best to cut the branches off with sharp scissors for immediate use. The aroma is mild and southernly spicy. To dry and store, the types of thyme suitable for the kitchen are harvested as soon as the herbs bloom. Then the aroma is most intense. The branches are cut off together with the flowers. Then tie them into small bouquets and hang them upside down to dry. Ideally, herbs are left to dry in an airy, dark place. Once they're completely dry, strip off the stems. The leaves are kept airtight and dark, ideally in a glass or in a herb box. The aroma of these herbs is properly preserved in the dry form.

What Effect Does the Thyme Plant Have?

The word 'thymos' comes from Greek language. Translated, it means "strength" and "courage". For the ancient Greeks, this plant symbolised real courage and bravery. So before going to battle, the warriors took a thyme bath. Today, thyme baths are used more to treat colds. But above all, real thyme tea is used for cough, bronchitis and colds. It is one of the most popular home remedies, and it is worth buying a few more plants. This is because you need quite a lot for tea. Ten or twelve different thyme perennials for one family is not an exaggeration. In addition to the common kitchen thyme, you can also choose some lemon thyme plants that can be used to make fine tea blends. In addition, thyme tea can be used for mouth and throat infections. This popular herb is mainly used to flavour Mediterranean dishes. Be it for meat, for fish or for vegetable dishes such as ratatouille or for tomato sauce, thyme actually goes with almost everything. All parts of the thyme plant are spicy and only only contain essential oils but also tannins and bitter substances.

How is This Plant Propagated?

If you do the right thing on the balcony or in the garden, any type and variety of thyme can be propagated from seeds. However, the seeds of these herbs are very small and fine and sowing is therefore tricky. The best time for sowing is in seed trays in April. They are light germinators so the seeds should not be covered with soil. The propagation and maintenance of cuttings are easier. Head cuttings can be cut in the summer. Put them in pots with growing soil. Or use a mixture of half sand and half universal soil. Propagation is even easier by dividing the root balls. This is carried out in the spring on the balcony or in the garden. The individual sections should be properly planted again with some compost and watered well, then they will soon continue to grow and form new herb plants of the same type.

Diseases and Pests

The thyme plant is generally quite robust and requires little maintenance. It is rarely affected by diseases and pests. However, aphids sometimes occur in these plants. These are sprayed away with the garden hose. The thyme is not very sensitive and you can wash away the pests with a powerful water jet. Mildew can also occasionally occur. If this is the case, the infected branches should be cut away. Afterwards - or better before the mildew infestation - the plants should be strengthened with a strong broth made of field horsetail or nettles or another biological agent.

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