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Orange Thyme or Thymus fragantissimus is a perennial herb

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Overview of Orange Thyme

– Orange thyme is a perennial that can grow up to a height of 8-12 inches and grows in zone of 5-8.
– The plant has citrus scent and flavor, that of an orange and hence the name Orange thyme.
– It needs full sun to partial shade.
– It is used as a seasoning and flavoring fish, roasted vegetables, stews and soups or in marmalade and chutneys.
– It is a part of culinary herb garden.
– It has grey-green foliage and is bushy and balsamic.
– It is also used in Potpourri.
– It needs alkaline to neutral soil with a touch of gritty compost.
– It is a hardy perennial.
– It has therapeutic and healing properties because of its compounds.
– It is an aromatic, decongestant, relaxant herb with a strong lemon scent.
– Its tea cures respiratory problems, including asthma, in children.
– Its inhalation can relieve melancholy and epilepsy.
– Its essential oil has Thymol which is an antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.
– It is used as an expectorant and for loosening phlegm to cough up and relieve the respiratory tract.
– It relieves diarrhea and fever too and is an antiseptic agent for fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
– It is used to treat dry coughs, whooping coughs and used as a sedative too.
– It is known to repel cabbage root flies when grown near brassicas.
– It treats laryngitis, indigestion, gastritis and diarrhea and enuresis in children.
– Externally, it is used for treating tonsillitis, gum diseases, rheumatism, arthritis, digestive disorders, sore throats and fevers.

Growing Conditions for Orange Thyme

• Plant thyme in full sun and in well-drained soil.
• It grows well in Zones 4-11.
• They need neutral or alkaline soil.
• These plants can be propagated from new clumps and roots too.
• Establish new clumps and transplant them.
• The roots can be grounded after last frost in spring.
• Plant in holes dug that are 3 to 4 inches deep and across.
• Break the root plugs of 1-2 inches across.
• Soak the roots.
• From stem cuttings, take stems that are 3-4 inches long.
• Plant them in the soil and cover in 1/3 of the stem after dipping them in rooting hormone.
• Transplant them after 4-6 weeks in spring.

Care for Orange Thyme

• Fertilize it for it to grow well.
• Use organic fertilizer but do not over fertilize and the flavor of the thyme might be lost.
• This plant needs full sun and well drained soil.
• Do not place the plants deeper when growing.
• The plants should be 6 to 9 inches apart.
• Mulch around and not on the top of the plant.
• Mulch with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water well until the soil is moist.
• Trim back the plants in spring.

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