- botanical name: Thymus pseudolanuginosus
- perennial zones 5-9
- height 1″
- spacing 6″ apart
- full sun tolerant, partial shade
- poor-average, well-drained soil
- uses in garden: great in containers, as an edging, fragrant, groundcover, small/miniature
Wooly Thyme is a tiny thyme that looks like silver hair from a distance. Wooly Thyme is the perfect plant for those little spots in the garden, planter, or between stones that need filling. Its fuzzy texture complements other plants, especially other types of thyme. Although it has a spicy thyme scent it is not a culinary variety. If you are considering helping your child start their own small plot in the garden or landscape, or their own planter, thyme is a perfect addition because it is easy to grow and smells nice. Children like different textures, so Wooly Thyme is a good option.
Plant in well-drained but relatively poor soil. Once plants are established they will require little care. Thyme plants are susceptible to fungal diseases, avoid over watering. Wetting their leaves, while watering, also reduces their fragrance.
To keep plants from becoming too woody, cut back plants by one half after flowering, to encourage new growth… To overwinter – keep sheltered from cold winds by mulching. In climates where the temperatures regularly go below 10 degrees F, plants should be heavily mulched, or potted and brought inside to overwinter. Thyme will become woody and needs to be divided or replaced after 3-4 years.
Sowing Thyme from seed can be tricky. Indoors – sow the tiny seeds on top of the growing medium and cover with a thin layer of soil mix 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Keep moist until germination. 14-21 days to germination. Transplant in individual containers when plants have four true leaves. To avoid legginess, pinch off growing tips of upright varieties to make bushier plants. Transplant outside when all danger of frost has passed. Space plants 12 inches apart, in rows at least one foot apart. 90-100 days to harvest.
Preferred method: take herbaceous cuttings from established plants from new green growth. Root cuttings in fine garden soil or other growing medium, misting daily until well rooted. Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost is passed. For best results, space plants 12 inches apart.