Propagating Thyme: A Step-By-Step Guide To Growing More Of This Versatile Herb

Thyme is a popular herb that’s commonly used in cooking, but did you know that it can also be propagated easily? Propagation refers to the process of creating new plants from existing ones. This can be done through various methods such as seed sowing, division or taking cuttings. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to propagate thyme through cuttings.

What are Thyme Cuttings?

Thyme cuttings refer to stem pieces taken from an established thyme plant and planted in soil to create a new plant. When propagating thyme using cuttings, you want healthy stems with firm leaves.

When is The Best Time To Take Thyme Cuttings?

The best time to take thyme cuttings is during spring and summer when the plant is actively growing. Avoid taking cuttings in winter when the plant goes dormant.

How To Take Thyme Cuttings

1. Select Healthy Stems

Look for stems on your existing thyme plant that are healthy and disease-free. They should have green foliage without any yellowing or wilting leaves.

2. Prepare Your Equipment

Prepare a clean pair of garden shears or scissors and get some rooting hormone powder ready (this will help encourage root growth).

3. Cut A Stem Piece

Cut a 3-4 inch section off the tip of one of these stems at an angle using your garden shears or scissors.

4.Remove Lower Leaves

Remove all but two pairs of lower leaves so only half-length bare stem remains below the remaining pairs of leaves at the top part of your cutting.

5.Apply Rooting Hormone Powder

Dip the end where you made your angled straight-cut into rooting hormone powder which helps stimulate root growth on newly developing roots while preventing bacterial infections that may cause rotting along with better nutrient uptake by future roots..

6.Plant The Cutting Into Soil Mix

Insert each coated stem piece into soil mix about 2 inches deep, burying the two remaining pairs of leaves. Gently press down onto soil around your cutting to make sure that it’s firmly in place.

7.Water Your Cutting

Water your cutting well after planting and keep moist but not soaked until established where it will need less frequent watering.

8.Place The Cuttings In A Shaded Area

Place your cuttings in a shaded spot with indirect sunlight. If you don’t have access to shade, use a plastic bag or coverings to create some level of humidity and moisture for faster rooting.

9.Wait For New Growth

Check on your plant every week by gently tugging at the base of each stem. If there is resistance when you try to pull it out from soil mix then that means new roots are developing which indicates success!.

10.Transfer To A Larger Pot Or Garden Bed

Once thyme cuttings have developed strong roots and new growth has emerged (2-3 weeks), they can be transferred into larger pots or garden beds for growing.


Thyme propagation via stem cuttings is an easy way to increase the number of plants you have without having to purchase more seeds or seedlings. With these simple steps, anyone can learn how to propagate thyme successfully by taking stem cuttings and following them through their journey from root development all the way up till being transplanted into pots or garden beds for full-fledged plant growth.