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How to grow fragrant thyme on the windowsill - the secrets of experienced flower growers


Thyme is widely used in culinary, medical and cosmetology practice. Due to its aroma, unusual taste and useful properties, the plant is rapidly gaining popularity among hostesses.

To grow thyme at home you need to properly plant it, provide the necessary illumination, the optimum temperature and humidity.

Is it possible to grow thyme in a pot?

Spices do not need special growing conditions, so it feels comfortable in the apartment. To grow thyme at home, we take a pot of suitable size, prepare the soil mixture and provide full care.

Suitable varieties

The most unpretentious, suitable for growing at home are the following types of thyme:

It is characterized by small leaflets pubescent from below, with white or lilac flowers.

It has a lemon flavor and yellow (in young plants) or light green (in adults) foliage.

  • dwarf,

The bush of such thyme grows no higher than 5 cm. It densely grows and blooms with white, scarlet and red flowers.

It is characterized by creeping stems and bright pink or crimson flowers.

A beautiful variety that is profitable to grow on the windowsill. Why? - It is recommended to use it as a seasoning. It has flowers of purple and pink.

It has thin creeping stems with pink-purple flowers. It is characterized by a bright aroma and bitterness in taste.

Choosing a place for indoor thyme

In order for the thyme to feel comfortable in apartment conditions, it is necessary to provide it with proper lighting, and put the pot in a place where the air temperature and humidity that is suitable for its growth. Cultivation of thyme on the windowsill is possible under the following conditions.

Thyme is a light-loving plant, therefore for its cultivation we choose a window sill with good lighting. Plant pots put on the south window, it will be most appropriate. In winter, we provide additional light to the spices, as the daylight becomes much shorter, and the thyme grown without full lighting loses its rich aroma.

Air temperature and humidity

In summer, it is not necessary to regulate the temperature and humidity of the air, since thyme germinates under normal conditions. But in winter we provide temperature conditions in the range of 5-13 ° С. You can transfer the thyme to the glazed balcony.

Regarding humidity - the plant does not require special conditions. But in order to increase its branching and transform the appearance of a houseplant, it is recommended to carry out periodic spraying. We spend them only in a warm room, otherwise we get the opposite effect.

Preparing for planting thyme at home

For proper planting, we adhere to the following steps and recommendations that will help thyme grow properly from seed or cuttings:

  • Choose capacity. To grow thyme in room conditions, it is recommended to give preference to clay pots or small plastic boxes. Thyme has a small root system, so a shallow pot would be most suitable for planting. Its maximum height should be 15 cm, otherwise the plant will not absorb enough water from the soil and it will rot. Do not forget to scald the surface of the pot with boiling water. At its bottom, we will definitely pour a layer of expanded clay or any other drainage, 2-3 cm high.
  • Preparing the soil. Land choose light and loose. Of the finished soil mixtures, the one that is intended for growing cacti is well suited; we pre-mix it with black soil (2: 1). You can also mix peat, turf and sandy soil (1: 1: 1).

How to grow thyme from seeds at home

Growing thyme from seeds is very simple. To do this, pour the drainage layer in the pot. We mix the prepared soil with vermiculite so that moisture is better kept in it. Moisturize the soil and sow the seeds. Next, we cover them with earth, the layer of which does not exceed 1 cm.

For seed cultivation, we place the pot in a shade, so that direct sunlight will not burn young shoots. Spray the soil regularly. As soon as the seedlings grow - we remove a small number of them to provide space for the full growth of the plant.

How to grow thyme cuttings

To grow thyme at home in a pot with cuttings, we cut off its shoots after flowering, and clean them from leaves. As a result, we obtain cuttings. We pour the soil into a prepared pot with drainage and make holes in it up to 2 cm deep. Place the cuttings in them and sprinkle them a little with earth. Until the first leaves appear - we conduct daily watering.

To grow thyme from the shoots, you can also use the purchased greens. Choose the branches that are best preserved and make a cut at their stems at an angle. We remove the bottom leaves and put the cutting in the water for 5-6 hours. We pour drainage, soil into the pot, dredge, deepen cuttings in them, sprinkle with earth and sprinkle. Next, cover the pot with a jar or wrap it in a bag. After 2-3 weeks, we remove the can / package, since by this time the root system is formed at the cuttings.

If there is a need to dissolve thyme at home without using soil, then pour water at room temperature into a darkened glass and throw activated carbon (1 tablet) or hydrogel (several granules) into it. Put the cup in the bag and tie it up. The roots will "break through" after 20 days. Next, gently transplant the cuttings into the pot so that the hydrogel granules do not “fall off” during the landing.

Thyme on the windowsill

To properly care for thyme, you need to take into account the characteristics of this plant. Thyme can safely "boast" of its drought tolerance, so it does not need frequent watering. We carry it out as the soil dries, but so that it does not completely dry. Since the spice feels good in loose soil - care for thyme at home includes carrying out regular loosening of its surface. Do not forget to provide full coverage and adhere to the necessary temperature regimes.

To grow thyme in a pot more densely and magnificently - periodically pruned its shoots. This procedure is carried out in the first months of spring and after flowering.

If, despite regular watering, the plant dries, we feed it with mineral fertilizers.

Planting thyme at home

Thyme can be planted by several common methods. In the apartment, useful spice is grown from cuttings or sown with seeds. After reviewing the features of the proposed methods, each grower chooses the one that suits him best.

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Seed planting

Growing thyme from seeds is easier, so this method is used more often. The step by step process is as follows:

  1. In prepared boxes or pots lay out the soil mixture with the addition of perlite or vermiculite for better water retention.
  2. Water with a temperature slightly above room temperature is watered.
  3. Make small pits in the ground.
  4. In each put 2 or 3 seeds.
  5. Sprinkle crops with soil.

Boxes are installed on the selected window sill and periodically sprayed with water from a spray bottle. When the first sprouts sprout from seed at home, they are lightly shaved to protect against sunburn. When seed growing after sprouting, all seedlings are thinned out in order to provide the plants with space for development.

Care when grown in room conditions

The germination of the first shoots or young leaves suggests that the planting was successful. Now, seedlings need good care at home, so that they grow quickly and give a rich harvest. Thyme care does not require special attention from the owner. It is enough to arrange the pots on the well-lit side of the house and from time to time to moisten the soil.

Thyme grows quickly without additional fertilization, but at the request of the owner, periodically use mineral-organic fertilizer. Sometimes, in order to care for thyme, the soil under the plants should be loosened. The depth should be small so as not to damage the roots, which are located close to the surface.

Proper watering and other care features

Moisturize thyme when grown on a window sill moderately, not flooding the plant, but not allowing the soil to dry.

Thyme has a long life cycle. Therefore, in the second year after planting, bushes are planted in separate pots so that they do not interfere with each other’s growth. Pruning is carried out periodically to form the desired plant density. Cutting is carried out in early spring and after the thyme has faded. The procedure is performed with sharp scissors, leaving the third part of the woody part of the shoot.