Propagating Thyme

After failing to grow basil by cuttings, I haven’t given up on propagating herbs by cutting.

Regarding thyme, the Farmer’s Almanac says: “It’s hard to grow thyme from seeds because of slow, uneven germination. It’s easier to buy the plants from a garden center or take some cuttings from a friend. Over time, you can propagate from your own cuttings.”

I took a couple of clippings from this thyme plant…

…stripped off the bottom leaves…

…and put it in soil:

In soil
(Side note: The echinacea seedlings look really strong, but, just like the chervil and parley, they haven’t grown much since sending up their first leaves. I give them water and food, the room is warm, and they’ve got a prime spot under the grow light…what gives??)

Most of what I read on the internet says it’s best to plant thyme cuttings in potting/seed-starting soil rather than trying to get them to root in water. I’m going to trying both methods, though, because I had an excess of thyme cuttings.

In water

I later added some oregano cuttings to both the soil and the water to see if those would propagate easier or differently from thyme.

Thyme should take 2-6 weeks to root, so be patient…

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