Orangelo Thyme

Quick Facts:

    • Wonderful in savoury dishes
    • Low growing and evergreen
    • Spreads steadily over the years
    • Grows to heights of 30cm (12")

Orangelo Thyme

Description:

Thymus fragrantissimus. Grow this distinctly orange-scented thyme in hanging baskets or rock gardens and it will cascade over the edge. Its trailing nature makes it a prime candidate for ground cover, and established plants can even stand up to light foot traffic. Orangelo Thyme is hardy to Zone 5 and evergreen. It will grow between paving stones and over slopes and other hard-to-cover areas. And of course it is edible — its citrus overtones blend perfectly in savoury dishes. It reaches a maximum height of 25-30cm (10-12").

Perennial

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Quick Facts:

    • Wonderful in savoury dishes
    • Low growing and evergreen
    • Spreads steadily over the years
    • Grows to heights of 30cm (12")

How To Grow

Thyme, like other woody-stemmed herbs, tends to grow very slowly, and benefits from an early start if grown from seed. Unlike basil and other annual herbs, you shouldn’t count on harvesting thyme in the first (or even the second) year, except for very light picking of leaves. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Thyme from seed Guide and grow a kitchen garden.

Latin
English or Common Thyme: Thymus vulgaris & Creeping Thyme: T. serpyllum
Family: Lamiaceae

Difficulty
Challenging and slow going

Season & Zone
Season: spring through fall
Exposure: full sun
Zone: hardy to Zone 4

Timing
Sow indoors late February to mid-April. Transplant out late April through May once soil begins to warm, or direct sow late May through June. Ideal soil temperature for germination: 15-21°C (60-70°F).

Starting
Sow the dust-like seeds on the surface of dampened, sterilized seed starting mix under bright light with bottom heat. Keep watering to a minimum, as thyme seedlings are prone to damping off. When seedlings are large enough, harden them off and transplant to the garden or to containers spacing them at 23-38cm (9-15″) apart.

Growing
Trim plants back after flowering to encourage bushy growth. Protect container-grown plants from cold as winter approaches, and water only as necessary. Damp, cold soil will kill thyme.

Harvest
Fresh thyme leaves can be harvested at any time of the year as long as the plants are established. Prune back any dead branches. Whole stems/branches can be clipped and dried whole, or individual leaves can be left to dry in a dark, airy spot for long term storage.

Companion Planting
An all around beneficial plant for the garden, thyme is particularly worth planting near Brassicas, as it repels cabbage moths, and strawberries, as it enhances flavour.

More on Companion Planting.