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Thyme

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant thyme.

Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors (spring/fall) Start seeds outdoors (spring/fall) Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors (spring/fall) Plant spacing # plants per person
Thyme 3a April 15-May 1 April 15-May 1 On/around May 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 3b April 15-May 1 April 15-May 1 On/around May 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 4a April 15-May 1 April 15-May 1 On/around May 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 4b April 15-May 1 April 15-May 1 On/around May 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 5a March 15-April 1 March 15-April 1 On/around April 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 5b March 15-April 1 March 15-April 1 On/around April 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 6a March 15-April 1 March 15-April 1 On/around April 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 6b March 15-April 1 March 15-April 1 On/around April 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 7a March 15-April 1 March 15-April 1 On/around April 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 7b March 15-April 1 March 15-April 1 On/around April 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 8a Feb. 15-March 1 Feb. 15-March 1 On/around March 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 8b Feb. 15-March 1 Feb. 15-March 1 On/around March 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 9a Feb. 15-March 1 Feb. 15-March 1 On/around Feb. 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 9b Feb. 15-March 1 Feb. 15-March 1 On/around Feb. 15 (after last frost) 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 10a Dec. 1-March 1 Dec. 1-March 1 Feb. 15-May 15 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 10b Dec. 1-March 1 Dec. 1-March 1 Feb. 15-May 15 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 11a 2-4 weeks before planting outside Jan. 15-May 1 Feb. 15-May 15 1-2 feet 1-2
Thyme 11b 2-4 weeks before planting outside Jan. 15-May 1 Feb. 15-May 15 1-2 feet 1-2

* Start seeds in or outdoors 2-4 weeks before average last frost date. Plant seedlings outdoors after the threat of frost has passed.