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. Once plants are established they will require little care. To avoid legginess, pinch off growing tips to produce a bushier plant. Plant height 2”.
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.
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.
Thyme, White Creeping thymus praecox arcticus ‘Albus’
White Creeping Thyme is a whimsical little plant that works great if you need to fill in small patches in the garden or between stones. It is hardy and durable even though it looks very delicate. Both the foliage and flowers are tiny and bright, and this plant looks beautiful all summer long and into the fall. It is a pretty carpeting in planters and will eventually drape over the side slightly. White Creeping Thyme can handle some foot traffic and works well in small areas. Honeybees love the flowers of the thyme plant!
Use leaves to flavor 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.