Many thyme varieties are hardy
Most thyme varieties are hardy and can therefore be safely left outside during the cold season. The aromatic herb survives mild winters without any further problems; you should only provide suitable protection during longer periods of frost. An insulating layer of fir or spruce twigs and straw is suitable for this. Plastic films, on the other hand, are less suitable, because plenty of moisture collects underneath. For the same reason, thyme should not be covered with leaves either - too much moisture will cause the delicate plant to rot.
- Do not sow thyme directly
- Pour thyme - but with a sense of proportion
- Thyme in a pot - herb garden on the balcony and terrace
Do not cut back the thyme too late
However, so that your thyme survives the winter in the garden well, you should neither fertilize nor prune it from around mid-August. Too late a cut would only encourage the herb to develop fresh shoots that do not mature in time before the autumn cold snap and therefore freeze to death. Instead, just let your thyme ripen and eventually humble it in the spring. Every two to three years, the rapidly aging plant can also be rejuvenated by dividing it - so you can benefit from your thyme much longer, which usually does not get older than three to four years.
Tips & Tricks
Make sure you have an adequate water supply in the cold season, because potted thyme in particular should be watered from time to time - but not too much. In damp winters, however, waterlogging can quickly become a problem, so you should protect your plants if necessary - e.g. B. by a roof.