How to Water Thyme Plants


Thyme is a familiar cooking herb. There are over 400 species of thyme, yet the common variety is the one typically used as a seasoning. Thyme is grown as a fragrant ground covering. Each plant grows between 6 and 12-inches tall and will spread out more than a foot. Thyme does not tolerate moist, soggy soil and needs a well draining soil and plenty of sunshine. It is a drought resistant plant and in some areas can survive with infrequent watering.

Step 1

Schedule your watering for the morning.

Step 2

Touch the soil beneath the plant to test for dryness. If the soil is dry it needs to be watered. If it is moist or damp, do not water.

Step 3

Attach the sprayer attachment to your hose.

Step 4

Wet the soil beneath the plant with the hose, gently running the water. Water until the soil is moist, yet not soggy. The soil should be moist to a depth of 2 to 4 inches.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not turn your hose on high flow when watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Hose
  • Sprayer attachment for the hose


  • "How to Grow Herbs"; Editors of Sunset Books and Magazines; 1975
  • "Herbs"; James Crockett; 1977
  • Plant Talk Colorado: Thyme
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About this Author

Ann Johnson was the editor of a community magazine in Southern California for more than 10 years and was an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in communications from California State University of Fullerton. Today she is a freelance writer and photographer, and part owner of an Arizona real estate company.