How to cut thyme: our advice and tutorial

Here we give you our best advice for successful thyme cuttings .

Thyme is one of the aromatic plants frequently used in southern cuisine, like rosemary, which brings a touch of sunshine to your homemade dishes and which does not require too difficult maintenance . You can easily grow organic Common Thyme with our Cultivation Mound, in the Connected indoor vegetable garden, in a cork pot or in the window box. Cutting your Thyme will allow you to obtain young shoots of aromatic plants.

The best time of year to carry out the cuttings of your Thyme is just after flowering, that is in July-August if the sowing was carried out at the beginning of spring.
We present here tips for cutting your Thyme to obtain young thyme plants easily .

Selection and collection of Thyme cuttings

This is the first step. Choose thyme cuttings of about 10 to 15 cm . Cut the stems of your aromatic plant using pruning shears. Use your fingers to strip off the leaves, or even the flowers, about 1/3 of the length of the cutting .

For the next step, you can proceed in three different ways, to choose from:

Take your Thyme cuttings in pots:

You can prick your Thyme cuttings even in a large pot or terrine .

  • In the pot, place cuttings or garden soil mixed with sand . If your pot does not have enough holes to provide drainage, you can add a layer of gravel to the floor of the pot before laying the substrate.
  • Start making small holes in your soil using a small stick, spacing them 2 to 3 cm apart. You can now push in your Thyme cuttings, on the third of which you have previously removed the Thyme leaves and any flowers.
  • All around the cutting, tamp down with your fingers so that it is kept straight, then water the soil .
  • Once this step is done, you can place your Thyme cuttings in pots sheltered from the wind . You can optionally put a plastic bag over it for a smothered cutting .

Place the Thyme cuttings in the ground:

  • To sprout the Thyme in the ground , choose a place rather sheltered from the sun . Prepare the soil well for your Thyme cuttings by weeding and aerating the soil.
  • As for the previous step, prick your Thyme cuttings in your garden. This time you can take up more space and space out your thyme stems a little more.
  • For this step, now cover the Thyme cuttings in the ground with a cloche, a frame with a plastic sheet.
  • Keep the soil of your Thyme cuttings fresh by aerating if necessary and water your plants regularly. Make sure the leaves don't soak up water .

Cut the thyme by placing the stems in a glass of water

If you have very little space , you don't have a pot and no soil, this technique allows you to take Thyme cuttings anyway.

  • After selecting the thyme stems and removing the leaves and any flowers from about a third of the stem, immerse your thyme cuttings in a glass of water .
  • With this method of cuttings, the roots are formed in at least 2 months .
  • Place your plants sheltered from the cold with a frame or a tunnel during the first winter.
  • When spring arrives, remove the shelters and cut the cuttings in half to allow the plants to develop their foliage.
  • Finally, in spring or fall it is time for your young thyme shoots to be installed in their place.

In any case, in order to ensure you beautiful future cuttings, discover our Common Thyme Cultivation Mound. A 3-in-1 capsule that allows you to easily grow a pretty Thyme plant, indoors or outdoors thanks to its compacted soil, its nutrients dosed according to the needs of the species and perfectly dosed seeds, of French origin and labeled Organic Farming.

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