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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Thymus vulgaris
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 2-12 inches high; 10-12 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; tolerates poor soil
Uses: fresh or dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; meat, fish, and egg recipes; salads and vegetables; flavoring for vinegar
Propagation methods: seeds, division, cuttings, and layering
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 21-28 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 70 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 8-12 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
Pests: fungal diseases, root rot
Diseases: spider mites
Harvest: pick fresh leaves as needed; for drying, cut branches before plant flowers, bunch them together, and hang them upside down in a warm, airy place, then remove leaves and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: pinch back new growth to encourage bushiness


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