UPDATE 2018 – KRATKY METHOD (Bottom of page)
2016 – SOIL BASED
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 :
Not only from aerial roots propagation, we can also start thyme from seeds. Here were tips from Ms. Anupriya in 2016 –
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.
2018 HYDRO THYME FROM CUTTING
Having failed many times in soil, from seeds or aerial rooting, we finally succeeded growing this beautiful herb in KRATKY (non-circulating) hydroponic method.
To root a cutting, simply chose a thicker woody stem, trimmed away lower leaves before setting it in a netcup similar to this plant. Only 1 cm of the root is submerged in water for roots to show after 4 – 10 days in water. Some cuttings may take longer to root.
Once the roots grew in mass, this herb progressed quite quickly. A light AB nutrients solution was used.
Rooted Thyme may be available for sale. Please contact to check availability. Gardeners who bought had advised that they can be transferred from liquid to well draining soil base.
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!
I love my fresh herbs garden along this windows. What made them special for us is that they are all “potted” in recyclable materials.
Finally we can harvest as much thyme as we need, whenever we like to!