NQPC - North Queensland Permaculture

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Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Thymus
Common Name Thyme
Species T. vulgaris

Maturity days

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant
Humidity tolerant
Planting area Garden_bed
Sunlight Full_sun



Short comments

Bushy, woody based evergreen small shrub. Culiary uses, tea, ground cover. Propogated easily cuttings

General comments

Space plants: 25 - 30 cm apart Compatible with (can grow beside): Dry-environment herbs (oregano,sage), Eggplant, Cabbage Thyme is slow to grow from seed and is best propagated from root divisions or cuttings. Seeds need to be started in a warm frost- free place. A greenhouse is ideal. Keep under cover until about 10cm (4in) high, then harden off by putting outside during the day and inside at night for about a week. Transplant the young plants into their final positions, in well-drained soil in full sunlight. Harvest sparingly in the first year. Root divisions, from 3 or 4 year old plants, can be taken in late Spring and then planted into a sunny spot. Water sparingly once established and avoid feeding. The plants will have most flavour in Summer months. Thyme dies down in the winter, if frosty, but a good layer of mulch round the plant will protect the roots and provide enough food to keep it growing.


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