One of our favourite herbs
Thyme is a very enjoyable and ideal herb to grow indoors.
The advantage of growing your own is that fresh thyme is much more flavourful than dried thyme, but has a storage life of not much more than a week.
To grow your own thyme you can use either
- Hydroponics or
In this article we will cover:
- The most popular types of thyme
- How to grow thyme indoors
- How to prepare & use different types of thyme
Taking them in turn:
Lots of different varieties of thyme
If you want to know how to grow thyme indoors a key element will be which type you want to grow – as different types of thyme taste differently and you might want to grow at least 2 or 3 diferent types.
There are over 100 different varieties of thyme – some are great for decoration or attracting bees or caterpillars. But the most popular ones to grow are:
- French or common thyme – the one used most often in cooking.
- Lemon thyme
- Caraway thyme
- Oregano-scented thyme
- Orange thyme
How to grow thyme indoors
Thyme tends to be best suited to well drained soil and full sun.
Which is why it’s ideal for growing either using soil or hydroponics on a balacony (if it’s sunny) or using a kitchen hydroponic or aquaponic kit with back up lighting.
If using soil
- Sow the seeds thinly into moist warm soil
- Cover slighly – will germinate 7 to 21 days
- Thin to 30 cm between plants
Using Hydronics or Aquaponics
- Thyme is ideal for hydroponics or aquaponics
- Will take about 5 to 7 weeks before harvesting
- You can speed this up by planting cuttings
To get a thyme cutting
Cut a thyme at the point where the leaves attach. Then remove the lower leaves and then push the cut end into a container of moist soil mix. Keep the pot in a warm, shaded area and keep slightly damp. The video provides full details
How to use different types of thyme
Taking them in turn.
French or Common Thyme
This is the one you are probably used to. The leaves have a strong aroma and are useful in stews, soups and with meat and fish dishes. Because it’s such a powerful herb is it great when combined with other herbs like garlic, oregano, rosemary, etc.
Typical Recipes are
- Cider pork roast with apple-thyme gravy
- Linguine with lemon, garlic and thyme mushrooms
- Cream Garlic Thyme Chicken
This type of thyme will have yellow-green leaves that are lemon-scented, making it perfect for chicken and fish dishes.
If you are not familiar with caraway – the flavour is a bit like mild aniseed with a subtle liquorice hint. It is sometimes used as a substitute for caraway in recipes, but named after it’s use when seasoning beef. (It’s latin name is Thymus herba-barona)
The orange thyme combines both the thyme flavour with a citrus orange peel taste and is a great companion to the Lemon Thyme variety.
How to prepare thyme
Thyme is very simple to prepare
- Wash the thyme before usings
- Then either use the whole sprig or simply remove leaves and bin the stalk.
- If you want to strip the leaves, hold a stalk at the top and run your thumb and forefinger along the stalk from top to botto.
Or the video shows ‘step by step’ instructions.
How to start
Hopefully our guide showing how to grow thym eindoors has helped.