Plant Care Common Thyme

Common Thyme

4.4 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Common Thyme has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Common Thyme has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

German Thyme, Garden Thyme and Thyme


Thymus vulgaris

How to care for Common Thyme


How often to water your Common Thyme

Water needs for Common Thyme
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Thyme needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Thyme

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Common Thyme in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Thyme: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Thyme love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Thyme does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Thyme in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Common Thyme

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Thyme: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Thyme after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Thyme can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Common Thyme

Common Thyme

Common Thyme

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Thyme has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Common Thyme has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Common Thyme has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Common Thyme has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Rachellikesplants avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 277 XP
globe Morristown, NJ

It’s super easy to take care of thyme and there’s a lot of it but at the same time it does grow like a weed so if your plan is to put in a herb window box with other herbs be prepared to trim it often or else it will start to take over (but it won’t kill the other plants, your box will just look a mess)

Survivor Survivor
Dolores avatar
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,298 XP
globe Indianapolis, IN


Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Maximumred avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 790 XP
globe Buffalo, NY

It wants to creep and crawl.

Survivor Survivor
Aqua_miss avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 162 XP
globe Kaunas, Kauno apskritis

for me it was very hard to grow it from seed.
After weeks of trying just 2 seeds was good !

Rachel avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

Easy to keep alive.

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