Here in lower 7A, the Thyme that was so doing so well last summer has of
course gone brown with the fall.
Any suggestions on how this should be wintered so that we can enjoy fresh
herbs next spring and summer?
FACE <awaiting jokes on setting it back 1 hour on the last Saturday in
I'm sure I'm wrong when I say this, but if you were going to put 100
different plants in pots and didn't want to read about their drainage needs,
I think you'd be better off with drainage in pots for 95 of those plants. If
you have to guess, lean toward "holes in the pots". And, Thyme wants
That puts a different light on the situation.
It might be that it is planted in a non-draining pot and that has caught up
(Planted in a pot on the patio, 1/2 sun.)
Ten minutes later......
Wife planted it. I just read the tag.
It has just been replanted in a draining pot.
Although I can't make a blanket recommendation to do this, I have
overwintered thyme for 3 winters (including 22 below zero last winter) in an
18 square pot - albeit in a somewhat sheltered location.
This is zone 5/6 usually.
"Ann" <> You can't plant it in the ground somewhere? It'll do better
Hate to say it, but it might be too late. Once an evergreen has gone totally
brown, that is usually a pretty good indication it has bitten the dust :-(
For the future, most herbs, specially ones that originate from the
Mediterranean area, like FULL sun, minimal watering, excellent drainage and
pam - gardengal
In article firstname.lastname@example.org says...
I had thyme overwinter outside in a large pot here in Chicago, zone 5.
Only a very small portion of the plant survived a rather mild winter last
year but I was able to extract it to a smaller pot and it flourished in
the summer albeit starting from practically seedling size.
I'm in 5/6 (Rochester NY). Common thyme laughs at winter. I have it in very
well drained soil on the East side of the house. I've been hacking at it,
shaping it, eating it and using bad language in front of it for 20 years. No
LOL!!! I for one love the look and smell of thyme.... at the old house I had
finally had it fill in nice and here now I have to start all over. It loves it
out by the pond right next to a nice big rock where it bakes all summer and
winter long.I have a four square prairie style house with large eaves.... all
herbs will be making their way to the west side of the house where it gets Full
sun most of the day and minimal water...
Zone 5 CT
Thyme comes in a mat-like perennial form commonly used as a groundcover and
in shrubby forms ranging in height from a few inches to a few feet with
winter hardiness ranging from zone 4 upwards. But it is most definitely
evergreen and it is most definitely NOT an annual. Perhaps you were thinking
pam - gardengal
I suspect that dps was implying that some thymes are annual in some
climates. We don't find lemon thyme as hardy here as common thyme for
instance, although it will overwinter just fine in a sheltered location most
years - but yes, in ideal climates, thymes are all of a perennial nature and
are only treated as annuals in hostile climates. On the other end of the
spectrum, I think that some are done in after a season in the heat and
humidity of the deep south.
"Pam - gardengal" > Thyme comes in a mat-like perennial form commonly used
as a groundcover and
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