How to Plant Thyme in a Small Pot

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Thyme, related to mint, can be grown in indoor or outdoor herb gardens. Thyme grows well in most gardening zones but must be brought in during harsh winters. It also has a tendency to overtake nearby gardening beds so pot planting helps contain the creeping herb. Grow it in a pot near the kitchen so you always have this handy culinary herb nearby. Thyme is primarily used to season meat dishes and hearty soups and stews.

Step 1

Plan your thyme sowing for late February to have healthy plants in late spring.

Step 2

Fill a 5- to 8-inch gardening pot with light potting soil. Use a pot with plenty of drainage.

Step 3

Sow seeds directly on surface of soil, then sprinkle a light covering of soil on top. Plant three to five seeds in the pot to ensure at least one germinates.

Step 4

Keep soil moist but not soggy. Keep in a warm sunny window.

Step 5

Remove all the seedlings but one from the pot. Choose the largest, healthiest-appearing seedling to remain.

Step 6

Transplant in the garden if desired after danger of frost has passed. Plant each thyme plant 18 inches apart.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid overwatering, which can kill your thyme plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Soil
  • Thyme seeds


  • Garden Advice
  • Herb Gardening
Keywords: container herb, thyme growing, culinary herbs

About this Author

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.

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