Plant Care Common Thyme

Common Thyme

4.5 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Common Thyme has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Common Thyme has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

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 located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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.

Plant care guide for Common Thyme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Growing Common Thyme in Pittsburgh right now

Light needs for plant Common Thyme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Pittsburgh is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in d…

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Light needs for plant Common Thyme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 29.2% ☀️

December 1st, 2021

Pittsburgh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Pittsburgh is expected to decrease by 29.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.4 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Common Thyme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Pittsburgh is getting an average of 7.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.1 total hours of d…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⛅.

Common Thyme does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

When to repot Common Thyme

Nutrient needs for plant Common Thyme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 2nd, 2021

The growing potential in Pittsburgh is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best …

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Difficulty Level

Common Thyme is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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 your location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Thyme has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Common Thyme has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Common Thyme has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Common Thyme has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
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globe Morristown, New Jersey

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)

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globe Indianapolis, Indiana


Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Buffalo, New York

It wants to creep and crawl.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Kaunas, Kauno apskritis

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

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globe Los Angeles, California

Easy to keep alive.

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