Ms. Erin Lee started with 2 pots of thyme 🙂
Like many of us in Singapore, Thyme is a difficult herb to cultivate in our humid weather. More times than not, they died very quickly. Erin Lee said she failed many times too. But she kept on trying and finally she learned how to propagate thyme and grew them very well. 🙂
From 2 pots, her thyme expanded to 14 pots of healthy Thyme, which she harvested often for cooking or packed for the freezer.
I can just imagine the scent of fresh herbs along this corridor!
Ms. Erin Lee shared her 3 steps to propagate thyme successfully :
- Cut thyme stems with roots (see picture)
- Plant roots in moist soil
- Grow stem cutting in shade, or allow only one hour of morning sun per day
After propagation, the cuttings looked very weak and some of us may be discouraged had we not have Erin showing us that this is normal! 🙂
Erin Lee said as long as we see new young leaves on the stem, that is the sign that they are recovering and with care, this herb will continue to thrive. 🙂
And if all goes well, Erin Lee will have so much thyme that she had to share with friends or freeze them :
Beside the above method to grow thyme from propagation, we can also germinate from seeds.
Due to high humidity in Singapore, germinating thyme can be quite challenging, however “not impossible” according to Anupriya. Her soil is a mixture of Aromax soil with home made compost and lots of crushed egg shells. She mist spray her soil once every 2 – 3 days and a deep watering soak (see how to in the rosemary post) for her pot once a week. Her thyme seedlings enjoyed 2 hours of morning sun everyday and about 70% of her seedlings survived.
Cooking with Thyme –
Having fresh thyme that we can harvest as needed, is wonderful. The scent of this herb is not heavy in roasts but it does add an extra aroma, and goes very well with lemon, garlic and butter! (See what I mean about not being able to stay on my diet?! ) 🙂