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Why is my thyme woody?

I have had a thyme bush for about two years and it grew nice and big but it does seem prone to becoming very woody. In Spring it flowered and then became very lush but over summer it has lost a lot of its leaves and is now very woody. Is there anyway to stop this from happening?

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Hi Sarah,

Plants such as thyme,rosemary and lavender are best pruned on a regular basis. Of course you would avoid the times when the plant is flowering but by pruning regularly this will keep the plant in good shape and avoid that 'woody look'. You can prune it now. Don't prune too heavily into the grey wood. Even if you have to do several light prunings, this is better than doing a heavy prune. You can also apply some fertiliser at this stage. We would suggest that you use a complete fertiliser such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Your plant will respond well I am sure and you will be able to enjoy it once more.



Answered: 20 Mar, 2012

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