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ratlover1
Rising Sun, IN

May 2, 2013
9:55 AM

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I must politely disagree with the addition of thyme in the 'not worth the effort' category. I did note that you specify 'named selections', so I am guessing that specific varieties are hard to grow or do not grow true from seed.
However, I have several beautiful species thyme plants (Thymus vulgaris) that I grew from seed (Artistic Gardens) and they germinated without difficulty. In fact, my plants have self-seeded and I have quite a few volunteer plants throughout my herb garden. Just thought I would mention that it is possible to start thyme along with your basil, oregano and so on to make an herb garden from seed.
I certainly agree with the difficulty of growing lavender and rosemary from seed, however! Lavender, in my case Lavendula vera, germinates pretty well, but does require patience. Rosemary I haven't had much luck with. I believe I started a dozen or more seeds, of which only perhaps three germinated, with the end result of one surviving seedling. It was only a couple of inches high when last winter arrived, and apparently it wasn't well enough protected because it sadly didn't survive until spring.
However I have the blessing (or curse!) of gardener's eternal optimism, and I have another 6-pack of seeds started and of course this year they will all sprout and grow to tremendous proportions...right? :)

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