How to Grow Thyme From Cuttings

Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a perennial herb that grows as tall as 8 inches. Crafters and cooks use it to create potpourri, flavor foods such as fish and eggs, and brew teas. Thyme grows best in soil that's well-drained and slightly moist, and it prefers a sunny location. Once your thyme cuttings have rooted, you can either leave them in the pot or transplant them to a permanent outdoors site such as an herb bed.

Plant thyme cuttings in a well-drained pot for a constant supply.

Step 1

Prepare the pot for planting. Mix 1 part peat with 1 part sand to fill the pot. Lightly water the mixture prior to planting the cuttings.

Step 2

Prepare the cuttings to be planted. Dip a sharp knife into rubbing alcohol to sterilize it. Remove leaves from the lower third of the thyme cutting and trim the piece to a maximum of 6 inches long from its tip.

Step 3

Poke the cut end of the thyme cutting about one-third to one-half its length deep in the potting mixture. Ensure that sunlight can reach all the cuttings.

Step 4

Cover the pot with plastic wrap and set the pot in a location that receives indirect light. Water the planting medium regularly to keep it moist, but not soaked, until the cuttings form roots.

Step 5

Cut back on watering once the thyme cuttings have rooted. Water when the soil feels barely dry to the touch.

Step 6

Place the pot outdoors during the summertime, in a location that's protected from wind and the elements.

Step 7

Harvest thyme during the middle and end of summer by cutting it to a 2-inch height. Rinse it in cold water and use it fresh, or dry the thyme for later use.