Transplant outside when all danger of frost has passed. Space plants 12 inches apart, in rows at least 12″ apart in well-drained but relatively poor soil. Prefers a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Once plants are established they will require little care. To avoid legginess, pinch off growing tips to make bushier plants. Plant height 12-18”.
Thyme plants are susceptible to fungal diseases, avoid over watering. Wetting their leaves, while watering, also reduces their fragrance. This is a good low, bushy plant for combinations, borders, and any landscape. Unlike many other varieties of thyme, it is not trailing.
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 for the winter months.
Thyme, Wedgewood thymus vulgaris ‘Wedgewood’
Wedgewood Thyme has variegated leaves of dark green and chartreuse and a consistent, bushy growth habit. The striking foliage is beautiful next to flowering plants and holds its own very well as a ground cover in a showy garden. Thyme is so easy to control, so it is equally good in planters or in a landscape. This variety bears light lavender flowers which honeybees love! In European folklore, thyme was used in a magical brew to allow the drinker to see fairies. In Greece, thyme was considered a source of courage.
Use in clam chowder and stews, meat dishes, pizza sauce and marinades.
Harvest leaves as needed, in the morning after dew has dried, before flowering in midsummer. The entire plant may be harvested by cutting plant leaving about 2 inches above the ground. The plant will recover before the end of the season; however, the plant may not be as winter hardy. Plants generally become woody after 2-3 years and should be replaced.
Storage – to dry, hang in small bunches – hanging upside down in a warm, dry, dark place. Once dried remove the leaves from the stem and keep whole. Do not crush or grind leaves until ready to use. Store in airtight containers. The ice cube method can be used to store fresh Thyme for use throughout the winter.