Asked on Jun 01, 2018

Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with my thyme plant?

Brianna Ring
by Brianna Ring
My thyme started getting these brown/Black dots all over all the leaves. The whole plant is affected. Can it be saved? Is it safe to eat?
  7 answers
  • CAV CAV on Jun 02, 2018

    Hard to say not knowing the weather, and sun conditions. If it is in full sun, in a window or outside could be burnt. If it is too much rain or over water watering might be mold. Check watering and sun. Also check with your local nursery, they have some sprays for mold.

    Sorry could not be more helpful, best to check local nursey.

    • Brianna Ring Brianna Ring on Jun 02, 2018

      Yes thank you! It is outside and it’s full sun, mostly morning and afternoon. I have a feeling it’s over watering. New to FL and I’m not use to the humidity and lots of rain. I cut it back and going to try to keep it dry And see if that helps.

  • Monique Shay Monique Shay on Jun 02, 2018

    thyme must be in full sun by itself

  • Morgan Morgan on Jun 02, 2018

    Check with your local county extension service or a nearby master gardener's group.

  • That looks like fungus. You can get rid if it but be diligent! And consuming herbs with black spots isn't recommended. But a new plant and put it waaaay on the other side of tbe garden so you have some to eat until this fungus problem has been taken care of. Fungus can be overwintered too, so the area where the plant is should be stripped to bare soil if you don't get rid of the problem. Also, be mindful of water splashing on the plant, it causes the spores to spread to healthy parts of the plant

  • Tob29715963 Tob29715963 on Jun 02, 2018

    I could not grow Thyme to save my life until I read it loves to be near a path. So I have a Koi pond in my front yard with a rock path 70% sun and put it in the ground and forgot about it with lows in the single digits and highs >96 it doubled in size and is doing great. Always died inside no matter what for me.

  • CAV CAV on Jun 03, 2018

    Wow, your right Florida is humid and damp. You might try to mix some sand in your potting soil to help it drain, or try adding perlite or vermiculite to soil one helps drain and one helps retain been so long, can't remember which is which, check with local nursey (may even have new and improved products). You can also dig a trench a couple of feet or so and add gravel to the bottom then put soil on top of the gravel and plant your herbs, the gravel acts as water drainage. If you chose the gravel option I would still add some sand to the soil as the soil will retain moisture.

    Hope this helps.