How to Grow Thyme Indoors


Thyme, a member of the mint family, has many culinary uses, which make it a good choice for the indoor herb garden. Thyme is green year-round, with small flowers in the spring and summer. Like many other plants in the mint family, thyme can take over garden beds if left unchecked, so indoor or outdoor container growing suits it well. Once started it requires very little in special care other than a warm place with plenty of light.

Step 1

Fill a growing container with potting soil. Soil formulated for vegetable gardens works well for thyme.

Step 2

Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil then cover lightly with a thin layer of additional soil. Water thoroughly and set in a warm window or under grow lights.

Step 3

Keep the soil moist until the thyme germinates, approximately 7 to 14 days for most varieties. Thin the seedlings so they are 8 inches apart.

Step 4

Water the thyme twice a week or when the surface soil feels dry. Use a fertilizer formulated for herbs every spring.

Step 5

Use thyme in the kitchen fresh or dried. To harvest, cut or tear off a leaf. Entire stems can be dried upside down in a dry, dark place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater thyme plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Thyme seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Container
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • Information on thyme from Gardener's Net.
Keywords: thyme, herb, garden, indoors

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.