Once established, Wine & Roses Thyme is drought tolerant, but also tolerates moister conditions than other thyme varieties. Full sun tolerant, it can also be grown in partial shade (mid-day sun is preferable, minimum of 4 hours a day). You can encourage fuller growth and more branching by pinching back the plant at least once, early in the season. Plant height 2-4″.
Plant Wine & Roses Thyme in well-drained but relatively poor soil spacing plants 12″ apart. 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, Wine & Roses thymus ‘Caborn Wine & Roses’
Wine & Roses Thyme has a compact, spreading habit that is great for topiaries and container growing. Its pink blooms blanket the dark green foliage during spring and summertime attracting many bees and butterflies. Use in soups and stews, salad dressings, infused vinegars, meat and fish dishes.
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.