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Thyme in acidic soil

Will Thyme plants grow in acidic soil as RHS website say alkaline to neutral which is how I have grown thyme before but now I have moved the soil is sandy and acidic.


  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    I have  a large clump of red creeping thyme in my Alpine bed which has very attractive flowers and seems to do well in our acid soil. It is not one I use as a herb though and the thyme plants I cook with always look rather sad.

    Different varieties of the same plants often like different conditions.

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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,633

    Yes but the plants don't live as long I find. If you're growing it for culinary use that's not too much of an issue as it gets woody after 3 or 4 years anyway. If you're trying for a an ornamental 'carpet' type thing, you may find it's patchy

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    I took a fancy to grow scabious but they just did not like my garden soil, They are not doing well. We learn these things as we grow. 

    GCs are not always honest  about the sort of soil conditions and hardiness of plants. They probably run out of space on the lables. Still I get a good show of Rhodos and Camelias .

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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