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Thyme Seeds

Thyme Seeds, Thymus vulgaris
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One of the world's most popular herbs, thyme is a must-have for flavorful meat dishes and stews.

Zones 1 - 10

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The scent and flavor of thyme makes it an essential part of recipes for almost everything--fish, chowders, sauces, stuffings, soups, meats and poultry.

It's an herb with a glorious history, used in ancient rituals to give courage to men going off to war. A Roman favorite, it was introduced to most of Europe by their early conquests.

As a culinary flavoring, it's famous for adding great taste to lamb, but is used for almost any meat. Today, thyme is widely used in European and Middle Eastern cooking, so it is an essential herb for any gourmet cook.

When and Where to Plant: Select sunny location with well-drained soil and sow seed after last frost. Cultivate soil and enrich with vegetable food. For earlier harvest, start seeds indoors. Firm soil over seed.
Care: Keep clipped to encourage bushy growth. Do not water.
Harvesting: Pick leaves as need to use fresh. For drying, cut stems back at time of flowering and dry in dark, ventilated place.

Associated SKUs
12HERB (Packet: +/- 2,095 seeds) - Out of stock.
1THYOZ (1 Ounce)
1THYQP (1/4 Pound) - Out of stock.
1THYLB (1 Pound) - Out of stock.
Common Name Thyme
Botanical Name Thymus vulgaris
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Seed Spacing 1 inch
Row Spacing 18 inches
Space After Thinning 8-12 inches
Days to Germination 14-28
Days to Harvest 85
Ways to Grow Containers, Ornamental Edibles, Small Gardens
In the Kitchen Drying
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Seed
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes


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Great for wide broadcast


from Sullivan, MO

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


    Best Uses

    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Thyme Seeds:

    I live in a rural area with rocky clay soil and am trying to replace a large front lawn that is weedy and unattractive. I broadcast thyme seed across an area between several oak trees and it's taken off nicely. We can even mow it in the areas where it's still mixed with grass and it's fine. It's been a few years now and the entire front of the yard is covered in fragrant thyme.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Unusual and attractive ground cover


    from Sullivan, MO

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    • Dry Conditions
    • Poor Soil
    • Resilient


      Best Uses

      • Ground cover
      • Rock garden

      Comments about American Meadows Thyme Seeds:

      I bought this seed in bulk and spread over a considerable bare patch in my yard. It came up beautifully in rocky, clay soil that gets blasted all day with the sun. It spread quickly, and has crowded out most of the grass and weeds. It's attractive, and smells marvelous when walked on! One final note - it survived our severe drought this year with no watering, while everything else withered away.




      from rochester, ny

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      Comments about American Meadows Thyme Seeds:

      It never grew past a seedling. If it grew at all it didn't grow past maturity.

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      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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