Herbs forum→Red Creeping Thyme (Scarlet) blooming light lavendar, not red

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marrazzo
Aug 20, 2019 12:52 PM CST
Does anyone know the ph required to assure red/scarlet blooms from Red Creeping Thyme?

We bought 1000 Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' seeds last spring, they germinated pretty well, and are now coming to bloom.
Blooms are definitely NOT red/scarlet or any reasonable facsimile thereof (see pic).
Thumb of 2019-08-20/marrazzo/0fe1af

I contacted the seller who expressed sorrow that the blooms were not what was expected for "Heirloom Creeping Thyme Seeds 'Scarlet'".
They suggested that the problem was the ph for my plantings.
In a followup, I asked if they cultivated these seeds, and if so then what was the ph of that soil in which they bloomed "scarlet". I also asked at what ph this Thyme would be expected to bloom red rather than light lavender.
They are not answering me anymore.

So, again, does anyone know the ph required to assure red/scarlet blooms from Red Creeping Thyme?

Name: Janine
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janinilulu
Aug 20, 2019 4:48 PM CST
There are no red/scarlet flowering thymes. Period.

marrazzo
Aug 21, 2019 8:04 AM CST
janinilulu said:There are no red/scarlet flowering thymes. Period.


Wow!
All Frauds?:
perennialsDOTcom/plants/thymus-praecox-coccineus.html
www.monroviaDOTcom/plant-catalog/plants/2817/red-creeping-thyme/
www.stepablesDOTcom/5/Thymus_praecox_Red_Creeping_Thyme.html
www.waysidegardensDOTcom/red-creeping-thyme/p/v1806/
and my vendor: beanacresseedsDOTcom/shop?keywords=thyme&olsPage=products%2Fcreeping-thyme-scarlet-red-thyme-seeds-creeping-thyme-seeds-ground-cover-seeds-heirloom-seeds
and many others?

Hard to believe.
Name: Sue
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Never_Ending_Quest
Aug 21, 2019 8:29 AM CST
Welcome @marrazzo

I think the confusion may be in the name. Thinking

There are many sources for plants called red thyme, or scarlet thyme. But if you google images, you will find that they are nearly all actually a lavender or hot pink color and have descriptions like "deep, lavender-red" or "reddish pink flowers " Confused

https://www.monrovia.com/plant...

I don't know about PH for thyme. I planted some stepable thyme, but it doesn't get enough sun. So, even though it is growing, it has not bloomed.
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