All Things Gardening forum: Lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) hardiness in Zone 6a?

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 20, 2017 11:56 PM CST
I am used to living in Zone 7b-ish. I have lived on the border of 6a/5b for less than 2 years.

I reflexively bought some lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) yesterday then read on the label that it is only perennial in Zones 7-9.

However, I read on several websites that it's perennial in zones 5-9.

I'm looking for direct feedback from people who have grown it in these zones. Is it a perennial for you?

If it's an annual I'll grow it anyway but it will affect how I plant it (i.e. I might plant it in a place where I won't have to worry about it spreading as opposed to planting it somewhere where I intend for it to spread).

Any direct feedback?
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 5, 2017 12:34 AM CST
Welp, no answers so far but I've planted it and we're getting temperatures in the low 30s over the next few days so I guess we'll see! lol
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 5, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Jai : Howdy from Fresno California 😁
I was hesitant since im not in your zone. Lemon thyme. It gets as low as 18f. Hear. Thyme is ok. How low of temp can it go ? Im not sure. Does your ground freeze ? Its not deep rooted.
A covering with straw would save ground from freezing.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 5, 2017 9:01 PM CST
Hmm...

I guess it basically depends on how hardy it is. Different websites and different label say different things. I am just going to leave it uncovered and see what happens. Sunday night into Monday we are expecting snow and possibly ice. So we will see.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 6, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Richters, who are herb specialists here in Canada, list it as hardy to zone 4:

https://www.richters.com/Web_s...

I think dry soil conditions and sharp drainage would be critical. I've had thymes die out or survive in the same general location depending on soil conditions. Snow is good (insulation) ice not so much. We have snow flurries in the forecast here too for Sunday into Monday. This would not be a good spring here for thymes, it seems to have done nothing but rain.
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pod
May 6, 2017 12:09 PM CST
I'm not in a real cold zone ( 8 a ) here. I have lemon thyme growing in a raised bed. We had lots of frosty nights and two nights in a row that went down to 13 degrees and hovered at freezing during daytime this past winter. The thyme was fine through that.

I suspect subzero temps for an extended time might take their toll but I would consider it worth a try an any cost. Perhaps a good mulch overwinter would work or digging up a portion to overwinter indoors.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2017 3:24 PM CST
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Being you just planted thyme.
I would cover it.
Just a thought.
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Name: greene
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greene
May 9, 2017 11:31 AM CST
I follow a blog written by Nancy J Ondra (Nan Ondra - Hayefield a Pennsylvania Plant Geek's Garden) and her zone is mid 6 ro Onw 7 depending on which zone map is consulted. She succeccfully grows lemon thyme. Her blog is full of photos and inspires us to try new plants and new combinations of plants.
https://hayefield.com/

I would mulch the lemon thyme plant heavily at the end of season and alway take cuttings beforehand as an insurance policy in case of a severely horrible winter.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 9, 2017 9:15 PM CST
Well, we had several nights that touched the freezing point or went slightly below it and it is still doing fine.

So I am hopeful now that the coldest temperatures are in the past at least until October or so.
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