Asked on Jan 05, 2017

Can this thyme be brought back to life?

Haysha S.
by Haysha S.
This thyme was totally neglected for over a month and is now completely dry icon . Would it come back to life If I started watering it again? And if so, how should I go about watering it?
can this thyme be brought back to life
  25 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 05, 2017

    By the looks of the photo it looks gone,however my advice is to repot it in the next size container,cut it back,water and place in a bright location.It may revive with some tlc. Good Luck

  • J M Reid J M Reid on Jan 05, 2017

    Agreed ,

  • Pam Kerstein-Maes Pam Kerstein-Maes on Jan 05, 2017

    You can try to revive it but it seriously looks dead. Don't forget to use the dried leaves in cooking. That way it's not a total loss!

  • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on Jan 05, 2017

    I would take the dried herb and save it for cooking. Then I would repot the stump and like is said above some TLC and wait and see.

  • Sheena Sheena on Jan 06, 2017

    I agree with the previous comments. I would cut the plant back and even repot it into nitrogen and potassium soil. Then water the roots well. Do not over water the plant. Make sure you use the thyme leaves or store them in a dry bottle. Good Luck!

  • Cat Cat on Jan 06, 2017

    the seeds are so cheap i would start over.

  • Iberkeley Iberkeley on Jan 06, 2017

    First try watering it, cut it back to the roots and wait what happens. If it revives, you can re-pot. It does not look great but I would give it a try.

  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Jan 06, 2017

    Someone told me that if you can find any pliable stems, there's hope. If all of them are brittle and break when you bend them, it's probably a lost cause. If you do find some that are still pliable, cut off all the dead, brittle ones, prune back the live ones, water, and cross your fingers. Good luck.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 06, 2017

    I covered all my herb pots this fall, but my thyme got bit anyway. When I brought in my pots I thought it was a goner, but it is surprising me. I left the drying leaves on it, figuring I would replant after I used all the dry leaves. There are little new leaves coming up down by the soil. Definitely will not be replanting yet!They are in a south window with all my other 10-12 inch herb pots and doing well.

  • ObiaMan ObiaMan on Jan 07, 2017

    I'm with the crowd. Trim it back, way back, but be careful. It may still show signs of life right down in the center. I might leave it in the same pot, but then I might transplant it to something smaller with some fresh dirt. It's amazing how much life can still exist in plants that look like that sometimes. I have magnificent plants today that were once bare root, dead looking, on the side of the road. TLC can do wonders. But if it's dead, it's dead.

  • SAM11272792 SAM11272792 on Jan 07, 2017


    • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Jan 08, 2017

      Haha, I just may need to! I'm gonna try and resuscitate him first

  • Bee Bee on Jan 07, 2017

    dried is a no brainer...seed and new plants are both good options if you find no green left...

  • Mary Lou Morin Mary Lou Morin on Jan 07, 2017

    I would cut it back a bit, water it generously, keep in cool sunny location and hope for the best. I have my thyme on my deck thru summer and winter - believe me it comes back every spring! I also fertilize all my herbs and flowers during spring and summer weekly and water daily. Thyme is very tough and may surprise you so don't give up!

  • Stephanie Fudge Stephanie Fudge on Jan 07, 2017

    Water it using coffee, mix the grounds into the soil. Plants love it, I brought many a plant back to life.

  • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Jan 08, 2017

    Thanks Stephanie! I'm gonna try it!

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 08, 2017

    You can't resurrect the dead.

  • Patricia R Patricia R on Jan 08, 2017

    I never give up so cut it back and start watering it lightly .I have clumps of Thyme out side(Ct)and it comes back in the spring,never dies.

    • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Jan 09, 2017

      I re-potted it in a smaller pot with some coffee grinds, and cut it back. I'm watering it now. How much does lightly mean? Every other day?

  • Gra9185367 Gra9185367 on Jan 08, 2017

    Thyme to water or RIP sweet plant.

  • Rachel Rachel on Jan 09, 2017

    Mine s planted outside.I do nothing to protect it and every spring I cut it back and it returns better than ever.

  • Patricia R Patricia R on Jan 09, 2017

    I would water when top looks dry and don't leave any plant sitting in water !

  • Shannon Shannon on Jan 09, 2017

    Maybe next thyme.....

  • Joyce Buschek Joyce Buschek on Jan 10, 2017

    Cut back and store dried thyme for cooking.

    Run HOT water through the plant. Set in a container with hot water. Let soak, replace with more hot water. let soak. remove from container and let drain in sink. put in the window, and see what happens. Works with the nearly dead.

  • Roberta Johnson Roberta Johnson on Jan 10, 2017

    My husband and I have run a greenhouse for the last 40 years and grow 18 varieties of Thyme. Check roots first. a healthy root is white and fleshy (as opposed to shriveled). there is still hope even if not white, as long as not all brown, black or totally dehydrated. If there is still life in the roots, water (normal temperature H20- you don't want to burn them!) only what it can take up. Easiest way to do that is to water it well with plant in a pot with drainage on a saucer. after 20-30 minutes, pour extra water from the saucer. A dehydrated root's ability to take up water is compromised, so it is important to not Over water . It is very suceptible to root rot until it recovers. Water carefully, allowing to dry between waterings. good air circulation and good light (e.i. right in a window this time of year) are necessary. Don't fertilize until it is actively growing ( meaing you see new green tips ) Good luck!

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    • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Jan 23, 2017

      Thanks! I tried watering it for about 2 weeks with no signs of life. I think it wasn't getting enough light and it happened to be in a colder location. I've since moved it to a sunny window in a warmer spot. I'm gonna give it 2 more weeks, before I declare it dead

  • Bettie Bettie on Jan 15, 2017

    I am with Robert a when you cut it back look for a little green in thé stem.

  • Rebecca Moustaki Zei Rebecca Moustaki Zei on Mar 01, 2018

    Hi all, I have a similar problem, I bought my thyme around 1 month ago and looked great. After a few days I re-poted it to a bigger pot so to have more space. Since then it started getting worse and now it's woody in the middle and one side. Half side is looking a bit better but doesn't seem that will last. I have it outside in the day, taking it indoors in the night, I am trying to water it every two days since it started looking dry cause I wasn't sure what to do, I thought it lacked water? Any advice?