harvesting thyme?

leslie_cJune 8, 2007

I planted my new thyme plant about 2 weeks ago and it is doing fine. this is my first time with thyme and I was wondering when I can begin harvesting some leaves from it? Its only about 3 inches tall so far, :)Same with my rosemary plant?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Heathen1(10a)

If your rosemary is only 3 inches tall, I'd say no, give it some time to grow. The thyme, if it's your basic cooking thyme won't get any taller.... but it will spread! :) Personally, I'd give it another week... it's probably just getting started.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 11:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Daisyduckworth(Aust)

In theory you can start harvesting at any time, but will it be enough to do anything with? Take no more than one third of total growth at any one time. If that means one leaf/sprig out of three, then go for it!

My common thyme gets about 30cm tall AND it spreads, but not much because it grows more upright than other thymes. When I'm able to give it some water, that is. Every now and then I tip a half-bucket or so of potting mix over it, and it renews itself by layering.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 6:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tanama(z7a, southern DE)

If I may tag onto your thread... I have several thyme, rosemary and oregano plants that are doing very well, but I'm not sure if there is some "best" way to harvest them. I'm used to harvesting basil from the top down, but not sure if there is a "best" way for these perennial herbs to keep them healthy year to year. All I've been doing so far is randomly cutting the longest shoots of the thyme and oregano, which since they're so all over the place anyway seems to do well enough (though I want to know if there's a better way). But I want to encourage the rosemary to grow as bushy as possible, and I'm just not sure if I should try and vary where I cut, or work on one "branch" and cut that all the way down before moving to another.

Hints and directions as to how to do this best are most appreciated!

And a quick note to the original poster: It made me smile to see your screen name as the person asking the question I came here to ask -- my first name is Leslie and my middle initial is C.!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2007 at 4:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
leslie_c

My thyme is beginning to get little flower buds on it. It is about 8-9 inches tall now. Should I clip off the flowers and harvest some of it or just continue letting it grow? Here's a picture of my plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: thyme plant

    Bookmark   June 24, 2007 at 9:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Depending on the size of the plant, you can snip off a few short stems, provided its about 6 inches or more in length. Snipping off a few stems will encourage more branching.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2007 at 2:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
leslie_c

So thyme is not like other herbs(basil)? Its okay to harvest when it has buds?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2007 at 9:11AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
leslie_c

Do I cut the stems at a node the same as with basil plants?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2007 at 10:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

YOu can cut a thyme stem any place on the stem. Doing so, will encourage more branching. I didn't bother touching any of mine until I harvest all of it for an herbs butter. I spent about 3 hours removing all the tiny leaves from all the stems. Each stem had maybe 10 short branches of each. Plucking off each leaf would have taken forever, so I just slid each stem through my fingers and pull off as much as I could.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2007 at 5:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If you let thyme dry for a few days before use the leaves will strip off the stem easily. I believe that the woody herbs like rosemary, sage, bay, oregano, marjoram and thyme all taste better dry, as the flavour is more concentrated.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2007 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
MGPinSavannah

Leslie, that's a nice looking little thyme plant you have there! Flora UK says to let thyme dry before use, but I just use it fresh out of the garden. Like any woody shrub thyme will branch out when you cut it and, at least to my taste, the flavor doesn't change when it blooms. (Which it seems to do most of the year down here.) I'd be gentle with it until it gets a wee bit bigger, but you won't kill it if you snip off a branch or two. Mine thrive in full sun down here in Savannah, so don't worry about heat. I'm not sure about winters where you are, but I had some in a planter that survived 3 hard frosts here last winter without dropping a leaf. You may have to mulch and/or cover yours in the winter to protect the roots, but you should have it coming back. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 8:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
leslie_c

Thanks for admiring my little plant, lol. Anyway the winters here get maybe slightly below freezing a few days in jaqn and feb and thats about it.Mine are planted in the ground so I guess I will be mulching them? Any suggestions on what to use to mulch/cover them with and how much of the plant do I cover?
ps...hey your from Paula's area, LOL!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2007 at 8:53AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

You might want to mulch with a white plastic, non woven fabric, the apply a few inches of straw over that for the winter months. The fabric will let water through and also air. The straw will insulate a little. Then lift off the fabric the next spring. These white fabric come in various thicknesses, and a heavy one would do well. This same approach for overwintering June bearing strawberries works well too. Do not use salt marsh hay!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2007 at 8:04PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How many seeds do I plant in a seed starter kit cell?
I'm sure this is one of those questions that almost...
drayven
I'm starting to grow a small herb garden. I need help and advice
I live in the Philippines in the southern part of it....
ktp101
African blue basil
I live in central TN and am looking for an African...
rksamon
Where can I get Equisetum arvense or Horsetail
I've been looking for Equisetum arvense or Horsetail...
forestelves
Need help with basil and other herbs
I am trying to grow herbs and I live in India. Firstly,...
zenovia_p
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™