How to Rejuvenate Thyme


Thyme is a low growing perennial that produces pink, purple or red blooms atop 4- to 12-inch plants. Its wiry stems grow either upright or creeping, depending on the species. Variegated varieties such as lemon thyme brighten the garden with flecks of gold or white. Grown in container gardens or raised beds, thyme trails gracefully over the sides.

Step 1

Prune overgrown thyme plants in midsummer when growth slows and blooms diminish to encourage a flush of new growth.

Step 2

Trim back growth that is 2 to 4 inches from the ground with a sharp pair of clippers. Cuttings can be used for seasoning in meats and poultry dishes.

Step 3

Water thoroughly to saturate the soil to the root level. New growth should appear within a few days and the plant will typically show rapid growth for the next few weeks.

Step 4

Repeat in late summer or early fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden clippers


  • Purdue Univerity Cooperative Extension: Growing Herbs
  • University of Rhode Island GreenShare: Growing, Harvesting and Using Culinary Herbs

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener
  • West Virginia University Extension: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
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About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.