Growing Tips for Herbs: Why Is My Thyme Dying?

| 10/20/2009 2:11:58 PM

StephanieQ: Why are my herbs dying?

A: Many of our readers e-mailed us asking one main question: Why are my herbs dying?

At The Herb Companion, we thought we would resurrect our “Herb 911” series to cover additional herbs. Our past “Herb 911” entries included basil (Ocimum basilicum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), mint (Mentha spp.), lavender (Lavandula spp.), and sage (Salvia officinalis). Let us know what herbs you are having a difficult time growing and we will try to cover it.


Thyme is a perennial herb that is hardy to dry and rugged terrain. For this reason, you can sometimes find it in the crevasse of a rock wall. It is often used as ground cover or in a raised bed in an herb garden. There are many reasons why thyme can take a turn for the worse; a few being sun exposure (or lack there of), poor location, amount of water and balanced soil.

Tips for Keeping your Thyme Alive

7/20/2018 2:29:25 PM

I've been trying to grow thyme indoors with no luck at all. The seeds sprout but after about two weeks the little sprouts start dying off. I had lots and lots of little sprouts and am now down to about six tiny plants. they are not any larger than they were a month ago which is still sprout size. I have them in a large container that looks like a window's about 14 inches long by about 6 inches wide. They get plenty of light at a south facing window. I water them everyday because it's very dry here with a mean of about 15% humidity. I have them in commercially bought soil that has worm casing supposedly in it Had the same problem with cilantro. Had lots of plants and they disappeared. I see no sign of insects or disease in either container. Thank you Ruth