French Thyme

Ideal for stews, soups, meat and fish dishes.



Key Facts

french thyme



  • Originally from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
  • Very strong thyme flavour.
  • Ideal for stews, soups and with meat and fish recipes.
  • Days from seed to harvest – about 70 to 90 (2 to 3 months)
  • About 15 to 30 cm high

French or common thyme is probaby the type you will have used in cooking. The leaves have a strong aroma and are useful in stews, soups and with meat and fish dishes.

fresh french thyme dish

Because it’s such a powerful herb is it great when combined with other herbs like garlic, oregano, rosemary, etc.

Typical Recipes are


How to grow french thyme

french thyme

The French thyme plants are very easy to grow from seed,

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


More information

How  to Grow & Use Thyme

Where to buy French Thyme seeds


  1. Minze Vries

    A key herb and well worth growing. (Also very easy to grow)

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