The Q&A Archives: Elfin Thyme

Question: Hi! I was given several plants of Elfin Thyme. I was told that they need, and like soil that is sandy, but not hard packed (clay type) that retains the wet. Unfortunately, I have the clay type soil. However, I have planted Pink Chintz on the side of the house in the same soil. I'm confused, but don't want to make a mistake. I really love the Elfin Thyme. What do you think? Do I have a problem or should I just go ahead and plant it in the soil I have?

Thanks for your help. You helped me once before and I truly appreciate this website. Thanks again.

Sincerely, Alix

Answer: Glad you like the website. Thyme plants prefer well draining soils and clay tends to hold lots of moisture. If you are careful with your watering (remembering that clay holds water) your thyme should be happy in your native soil. If you're unsure about your soil and have access to some builder's sand you can amend the planting area with a little sand to help the roots stay a little drier. Just mix a little sand into the top 2-3 inches of soil. That's where the roots of your thyme will concentrate. Hope this helps you decide what to do with the soil before you plant your new plants.

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