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How to Plant Silver Posie Thyme

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Overview

Silver posie thyme is a low growing, compact, variegated-leafed, lemon scented herb. It is also known as garden thyme, lemon-scented thyme and common thyme. Silver posie thyme is indigenous to Italy and regions in the Mediterranean. Silver posie thyme can be planted in pots or as an attractive addition to any herb garden. Silver posie thyme needs full sun to partial shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9.

Planting Silver Posie Thyme in a Container

Step 1

Scoop potting soil into a 6-inch wide (or larger) planting container until it's about 1/2 full. Make sure you choose a planting container that has at least three drain holes. You can make your own potting soil by mixing together equal parts sand, compost, sphagnum moss and vermiculite. According to Floridata.com, silver posie thyme likes being grown in neutral to alkaline soil, so add 1 tbsp. of garden lime for every cubic foot of planting soil you create.

Step 2

Pour enough water into the container to saturate the potting mix.

Step 3

Remove the silver posie thyme from its current growing container. If it's growing in a planting pack, force it up from underneath the cell using your thumb or index finger. If the silver posie thyme is growing in a 4-inch pot, turn the container upside down with one hand on top of the root ball while you tap along the pot near the drain holes to loosen the pot from the root system. Then slide the container off the root system.

Step 4

Loosen any compacted, entwined or matted roots from the root ball of the silver posie thyme.

Step 5

Set the silver posie thyme into its new growing container. Hold the silver posie thyme vertical in the growing container while you scoop in a few trowel-fulls of potting mix. Make sure the silver posie thyme is planted at the same depth at which it was previously growing.

Step 6

Tamp the soil down around the silver posie thyme to remove any air pockets that may have been created. Then, fill the container with soil.

Step 7

Fertilize and water the silver posie thyme with a starter fertilizer. Use 10-52-17 (or similar) and mix approximately 1 tbsp. starter fertilizer into 1 gallon of water. Water the silver posie thyme with at least 1/2 gallon of water.

Planting Silver Posie Thyme in the Ground

Step 1

Dig up the area for planting the silver posie thyme using a shovel or a garden fork. Make sure you remove any rocks, weeds or sticks from the planting area. If the soil in the planting area is acidic, mix in 1 to 2 tbsp. garden lime.

Step 2

Remove the silver posie thyme as instructed in Step 3 above.

Step 3

Dig a hole for the silver posie thyme that is as deep and as wide as the root ball. If you are planting more than one silver posie thyme, make sure the holes are 15 to 20 inches apart.

Step 4

Set the silver posie thyme into the planting hole. Scoop soil in and around the root ball, firming it as you go. Use a starter fertilizer as directed in Step 7 above. Water each silver posie thyme with approximately 1 gallon of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Silver posie thyme plant
  • Potting mix
  • 6-inch pot
  • Garden lime
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Shovel or garden fork

References

  • Floridata.com: Silver Posie Thyme
  • B.B.C. Plant Finder: Silver Posie Thyme

Who Can Help

  • United States National Arboretum: Planting Zones
Keywords: grow silver posie thyme, planting thyme, how to plant lemon scented thyme

About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.

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