how to harvest thyme?

kangaru31May 1, 2009

we have a smallish thyme plant. it is growing very well. what is the proper technique for trimming the thyme plant? we would like to use a small amount on our steak tonight but the plant is also getting a little bit "stringy" and needs to be trimmed. do i just grab a little handfull and snip the ends off of it? help me before i go at it with a pair of scissors and mutilate it :o) thanks for all your help!


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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Snip a few stems near the base. Pull backwards on them and you have removd the tiny leaves. If any are dead looking, just cut them off.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 5:19PM
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Or - 'grab a little handful and snip the ends off it'. A little haircut won't hurt it at all.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 7:51PM
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leira(6 MA)

I prefer the "near the base" approach, because with thyme it can be such a hassle to get the leaves off of the stems. Anything that makes what I'm dealing with closer to one long straight shot with fewer branches is a good thing in my book!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 1:59PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Being a woody plant, the best practices for pruning trees and shrubs, albeit on a miniature size, apply.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 8:56AM
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