Orange thyme

Ideal for duck, dessert & carrot recipes.



christmas duck with orange thyme

Quick Summary

  • Originally from the Mediterranean region.
  • Strong citrus flavour with no after taste.
  • Ideal for duck, dessert & carrot recipes.
  • Days from seed to harvest – about 365 (1 year)
  • About 20 to 30 cm high

How to use Orange Thyme

When you grow orange thyme it will have small aromatic green leaves with a lovely citrus smell.

It can be used in any recipes to give a lovely citrus thyme aroma.

For example it can be used in recipes like:


How to grow orange thyme

The orange thyme plants & seeds are very easy to grow. The downside is that it can take upto 1 year to be established (so you can harvest it) but after that it just keeps going.

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


The plants will grow to 20cm tall and makes good ground cover and for border edges. It also looks good in containers and hanging baskets.

It has pale pink coloured flowers in the summer that are excellent for bees. Supplied in a 9cm pot with colour label.

  • Hardy perennial culinary herb with citrus orange scented leaves that can be used in roasts, stews, soups, anywhere you would use Thyme
  • An excellent plant for ground cover, border edges, herb gardens, window boxes and containers
  • Free flowering with masses of pink flowers that are magnets for bees and other pollinating insects
  • Good sized plants grown in 9cm pots ready to be planted out now


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  1. Minze Vries

    Lovely flavour and a great ingredient. Only reason I haven’t scored it higher is that it takes such a long time to grow

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