Plant Care Elfin Thyme

Elfin Thyme

Also known as

Breckland Thyme, Breckland Thyme, Breckland wild thyme, Wild thyme, Creeping thyme, Elfin thyme and Pink Chintz Thyme

Taxonomy

Thymus serpyllum
Thymus
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Elfin Thyme

Water

How often to water your Elfin Thyme

Water needs for Elfin Thyme
0.5 cups
every 9

Elfin 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 Oakland, California.

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 Elfin Thyme

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Elfin Thyme in Oakland, California

Oakland, California

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Growing Elfin Thyme in Oakland right now

Light needs for plant Elfin Thyme in Oakland, California

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 6th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Elfin Thyme in Oakland, California

Sunlight will decrease by 23.6% ☀️

December 5th, 2022

Oakland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to decrease by 23.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Elfin Thyme in Oakland, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 2nd, 2022

This month, Oakland is getting an average of 9.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Breckland Thyme in your home

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

Elfin 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 Oakland, California ⛅.

Elfin Thyme does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Elfin Thyme

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elfin 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 Elfin Thyme after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Elfin Thyme

Nutrient needs for plant Elfin Thyme in Oakland, California

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

December 5th, 2022

The growing potential in Oakland is 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 to repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for Elfin Thyme

Elfin Thyme

Elfin Thyme


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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