Really, the more you trim your thyme, the more it grows. Cut fresh stems in the morning, leaving behind tough, woody portions. Leave behind at least five inches of growth, so that the plant can still flourish. Regular pruning not only encourages more growth, but also promotes a more rounded shape.
So, when should thyme be pruned?
Pruning to Promote Healthy Growth. Prune thyme in the early spring once you see new growth starting. Look for the new growth at the base of the plant or from the lower stems. Once you notice new growth, use small garden shears or scissors to trim off about ? of the oldest, woodiest parts of the plant.
Similarly, should herbs be cut back for winter?
Cut back herbs such as germander, marjoram, oregano, and winter savory—by half in the spring to get rid of old foliage that was not harvested in the prior year.
Will thyme grow back after winter?
A majority of herbs are perennials throughout most of the United States. That means they come back year after year and usually get bigger or spread in territory each year. Some of our most-used cooking herbs are perennials, including sage, oregano and thyme.
Can you use thyme that has flowered?
Thyme produces flowers abundantly, and the blooming period is long. To eat them, use the flowers as a garnish while they're still attached to the stem. You can also break them up and sprinkle them over a dish.