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The Right Sunlight for Your Thyme Plants

Thyme in bright sunlight

Thyme in bright sunlight

In general, thyme plants thrive when they get lots of sunshine, at least six hours—and preferably eight—of full daily sun exposure. You’ll need to plant according to the sun’s daily patterns if you’ve planted in open land or in raised beds. With containers or pots, you’ll need to move your plants around to optimize the sun exposure for your plants.

Thyme plants need a lot of sun because they transform sunlight into the energy they need to vibrantly grow and bloom. A few thyme varieties, however, such as woolly thyme and some golden varieties, will grow well in partial shade.

How do you ensure that your thyme get the right amount of sunlight? Do you have tips for getting your thyme planted in the right spot for proper amounts of sun and shade? Please tell us how you handle sunlight for your thyme.

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