Growing Thyme from Seeds

 

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How to grow thyme from seed

Thyme seeds are very small. On average, 1 oz. of thyme seed contains 120.000 seeds (4200 thyme seeds per 1 gr). When we grow herbs from seed, we must have in mind that the germination rates are low. In order to produce 60.000 plants (that are enough for one hectare), we need a seedbed of 646 ft² (60 m2). In this seedbed, we will sow 1,5 oz. (43 gr) of seeds. (1 hectare = 2,47 acres = 10.000 m2)

We start with sowing the seeds indoors during the end of winter. It is beneficial to fill the seedbed or the pots with soil mix. Many farmers mix the seeds with building sand. We just place the seed mix in the surface of the soil and we cover lightly with soil. Sowing must take place in the surface. If we plant thyme seeds 2 inches (5 cm) deep, most probably they will not germinate. The temperature indoors should be close to 70°F (20°C). We irrigate lightly, as excessive moisture will let fungi develop and destroy the seeds. The germination of seeds can last from 2 weeks up to a month. We can transplant only when the plants have developed a solid root system and they have reached a height of 6 inches (15 cm).

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