thyme

millieon(zone 6a)November 19, 2012

Hello,

My thyme plant that I brought insdie are dying. Can someone tell me why.

Thank you.

Millie

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Too much water and not enough light would be the first things I would suspect.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 4:00PM
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millieon(zone 6a)

Thanks FataMorgana, will water only when dry and it does get enough light as it is in front of the sliding door.
Millie

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 8:02AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

' ...it does get enough light as it is in front of the sliding door.'

But that is still much less than it would get outdoors. Most successful house plant species are from habitats where they have evolved to deal with low light levels, such as tropical forests. Thyme is not such a plant. Indoors it needs a lot of light, a little water and very little heat. In your zone I think it is probably hardy enough to leave outside in the winter as long as it is planted in the ground.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 2:08PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

It is hardy here planted in the ground. I haven't successfully over wintered thyme indoors. Outdoors it survives every winter.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 2:57PM
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millieon(zone 6a)

I do have some outside in ground and they are all doing well but I wanted to try growing thyme inside. My DIL has a cafe and uses them regularily and I thought I could help out so she would not have to buy them.

Rosemary is doing very well inside.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 10:25PM
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gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

You're not likely to get much production out of the indoors thyme. Without additional lighting it'll be enough of a challenge to keep it alive.

If you want cold season production you would need a coldframe, tunnel or greenhouse. Alternatively you could dry some thyme when you have alot growing outdoors.

Good luck with the rosemary.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 1:36AM
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millieon(zone 6a)

Thanks, if it doesn't work out I'll get a small greenhouse or just some florescent lights.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 6:39AM
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