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Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Thymus praecox
Also known as : Wild thyme, Woolly thyme
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What is the best way to water my Mother of thyme?
When watering the Mother of thyme, you should aim to use filtered water that is at room temperature. Filtered water is better for this plant, as tap water can contain particles that are harmful to its health. The reason that the water should be at room temperature or slightly warmer is that the Mother of thyme comes from a warm environment, and cold water can be somewhat of a shock to its system. Also, you should avoid overhead watering for this plant, as it can cause foliage complications. Instead, simply apply your filtered room temperature water to the soil until the soil is entirely soaked. Soaking the soil can be very beneficial for this plant as it moistens the roots and helps them continue to spread through the soil and collect the nutrients they need.
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What should I do if I water my Mother of thyme too much or too little?
Both overwatering and underwatering will be detrimental to the health of your Mother of thyme, but overwatering is a far more common issue. When this species receives too much water, its stems and leaves may begin to wilt and turn from green to yellow. Overwatering over a prolonged period may also lead to diseases such as root rot, mold, and mildew, all of which can kill your plant. Underwatering is far less common for the Mother of thyme, as this plant has decent drought tolerance. However, underwatering remains a possibility, and when it occurs, you can expect to find that the leaves of your Mother of thyme have become brittle and brown. It is crucial that you notice the signs of overwatering as soon as possible when caring for your Mother of thyme. Some of the diseases that arise from overwatering, such as root rot, may not be correctable if you wait too long. If you see early signs of overwatering, you should reduce your watering schedule immediately. You may also want to assess the quality of soil in which your Mother of thyme grows. If you find that the soil drains very poorly, you should replace it immediately with a loose, well-draining potting mix. On the other hand, if you find signs that your Mother of thyme is receiving too little water, all you need to do is water more regularly until those signs have subsided.
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How often should I water my Mother of thyme?
If your plant is in a pot. The most precise way to decide whether your Mother of thyme needs water is to plunge your finger into the soil. If you notice that the first two to three inches of soil have become dry, it is time to add some water. If you grow your Mother of thyme outdoors in the ground, you can use a similar method to test the soil. Again, when you find that the first few inches of soil have dried out, it is time to add water. During the spring and early fall, this method will often lead you to water this plant about once every week. When extremely hot weather arrives, you may need to increase your watering frequency to about twice or more per week. With that said, mature, well-established the Mother of thyme can show an admirable ability to withstand drought.
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How much water does my Mother of thyme need?
When it comes time to water your Mother of thyme, you should not be shy about how much water you give. With the first two to three inches of soil dry, this plant will appreciate a long and thorough watering. Supply enough water to soak the soil entirely. The amount of water you add should be enough to cause excess water to flow through the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot. If you don’t see excess water draining from the pot, you have likely underwatered your plant. But do not let the water accumulate inside the soil, which will be very dangerous to the plant as well. Alternatively, a lack of water draining through the pot could indicate poorly draining soils, which is detrimental to the health of this plant and should be avoided. If the plant is outside, 1 inch of rain per week will be sufficient.
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How should I water my Mother of thyme at different growth stages?
The water needs of the Mother of thyme can change depending on growth stages as well. For example, when your Mother of thyme is in the first few years of its life, or if you have just transplanted it to a new growing location, you will need to give more water than usual. During both of those stages, your Mother of thyme will put a lot of energy towards sprouting new roots that will then support future growth. For those roots to perform their best, they need a bit more moisture than they would at a more mature phase. After a few seasons, your Mother of thyme will need much less water. Another growth stage in which this plant may need more water is during the bloom period. Flower development can make use of a significant amount of moisture, which is why you might need to give your Mother of thyme more water at this time.
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How should I water my Mother of thyme through the seasons?
The Mother of thyme will have its highest water needs during the hottest months of the year. During the height of summer, you may need to give this plant water more than once per week, depending on how fast the soil dries out. The opposite is true during the winter. In winter, your plant will enter a dormant phase, in which it will need far less water than usual. In fact, you may not need to water this plant at all during the winter months. However, if you do water during winter, you should not do so more than about once per month. Watering too much at this time will make it more likely that your Mother of thyme will contract a disease.
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What's the difference between watering my Mother of thyme indoors and outdoors?
It is most common to grow the Mother of thyme indoors for any gardener that does not live in temperate and tropical regions. Those gardeners should consider the fact that soil in a container can dry out a bit faster than ground soil. Also, the presence of drying elements such as air conditioning units can cause your Mother of thyme to need water on a more frequent basis as well. if you planted it outside. When that is the case, it’s likely you won’t need to water your Mother of thyme very much at all. If you receive rainfall on a regular basis, that may be enough to keep your plant alive. Alternatively, those who grow this plant inside will need to water it more often, as allowing rainwater to soak the soil will not be an option.
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Attributes of Mother of thyme

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Herb, Shrub
Planting Time
Spring
Bloom Time
Late spring, Summer
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
10 cm
Spread
30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Pink
Purple
Red
Fruit Color
Brown
Stem Color
Brown
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
5 - 32 ℃
Growth Season
Summer
Growth Rate
Moderate

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Ovate, bluish-green leaves with a spicy fragrance and fine hairs.
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Hairy stems that spread horizontally, rooting easily and forming a dense mat.
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Clusters of tiny, tubular flowers in pinkish-purple to white hues, attracting pollinators.
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Fruit is a schizocarp, splitting into small, brown, one-seeded segments for propagation.
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Petals arranged in whorled pattern, creating fragrant clusters blooming June-September.
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Soil fungus
Soil fungus disease significantly impacts Mother of thyme by disrupting its growth and causing root and stem decay. This fungal infection can lead to widespread death of plants if not managed properly.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Thrips are 1 to 2 mm bugs with slender black or translucent-yellow bodies. They move quickly and feed on the plant's sap.
Solutions: Thrips can be controlled in several ways. Spray plants with Pyrethrin, which is an organic pesticide derived from marigolds (follow label instructions) or Permethrin, the synthetic version of Pyrethrin. Introduce beneficial insects to the garden that eat thrips, such as minute pirate bugs and green lacewings. Remove heavily infested plants from the area and discard. Address viral diseases that may have been transmitted by the pests. For less serious cases -use a hose to spray the thrips off of the plants.
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Sap-sucking insects
Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Solutions: Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
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What is Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
What is Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
Soil fungus disease significantly impacts Mother of thyme by disrupting its growth and causing root and stem decay. This fungal infection can lead to widespread death of plants if not managed properly.
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Symptom Analysis
On Mother of thyme, the disease manifests as browning and rotting of the roots, wilting, and stunted growth. Upper parts may yellow, signaling advanced infection.
What Causes Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
What Causes Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
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The disease is caused by various fungi naturally present in the soil, which thrive under certain conditions.
How to Treat Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
How to Treat Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
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Soil management: Improve drainage and avoid waterlogging to discourage fungal growth.

Plant rotation: Rotate Mother of thyme with non-susceptible crops to reduce soil fungus loads.
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Fungicidal drench: Apply fungicidal soil drench to target soil-borne pathogens effectively.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
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Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
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Thrips are 1 to 2 mm bugs with slender black or translucent-yellow bodies. They move quickly and feed on the plant's sap.
Overview
Overview
Thrips are tiny, flying, sap-sucking insects that attack the tender parts of plants, causing scarring and weakening of the plant and sometimes, if the infestation is severe enough, plant death. They have undersized double wings with a fringe on them, resembling tiny, misshapen damselflies. Thrips have a taste for many houseplants and crops, making them a serious nuisance.
They appear in early spring after the last frost has occurred. If not controlled in early spring, they will persist for most of the season. They are often attracted to weakened plants, such as those struck by drought/underwatering or malnutrition. Excessive use of nitrogen fertilizer also seems to attract them to a plant. Thrips can spread various viruses between plants, leading to more serious damage.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Thrips are so small that they may not be noticed (1 to 2 mm long), but infested plants present several key signs. Tiny pale spots appear on leaves, which may start to deform, show white or silver discoloration, or become papery in texture.
Flower petals may be damaged as well, and might display color break, which is dark or pale discoloring of petal tissue damaged before the buds had a chance to open. Fruits may show scabby or silvery scarring. Tiny black spots of the insects' excrement may be visible.
As the infestation progresses, infested terminals roll and become discolored, and leaves may drop prematurely. The plant's growth may be stunted. Secondary viral and bacterial infections, which thrips can transmit, may become evident.
The good news? Thrips rarely kill or seriously weaken shrubs and trees. Smaller plants, such as vegetable crops and herbaceous ornamentals, tend to be more severely affected.
Solutions
Solutions
Thrips can be controlled in several ways.
  • Spray plants with Pyrethrin, which is an organic pesticide derived from marigolds (follow label instructions) or Permethrin, the synthetic version of Pyrethrin.
  • Introduce beneficial insects to the garden that eat thrips, such as minute pirate bugs and green lacewings.
  • Remove heavily infested plants from the area and discard.
  • Address viral diseases that may have been transmitted by the pests.
  • For less serious cases -use a hose to spray the thrips off of the plants.
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Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant has developed tiny yellowish spots scattered across the leaves that look like mold or mildew. If these marks won't wipe off, they are likely caused by sap-sucking insects like aphids, squash bugs, scale bugs, leafhoppers, whiteflies, mites, mealybugs, and more.
Each of these pests uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. Signs of damage are difficult to spot at first, but a large infestation can quickly compromise the whole plant. You're most likely to see sap-sucking insects during the hottest months because plants make easier targets when already weakened from heat or drought.
Though sap-sucking insects are unlikely to kill your plant on their own, they can severely weaken it and make it more susceptible to disease. They may also spread viruses from one plant to another as they feed.
Solutions
Solutions
Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it.
  1. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find.
  2. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray.
  3. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
Prevention
Prevention
Healthy plants are less likely to suffer from sap-sucker attacks. Keep them fortified with fertilizer and the right amounts of water and sunlight. Plants that receive excess nitrogen are also more susceptible to attack, so don’t overfertilize. You should also remove weeds and tall grasses surrounding your outdoor plants so as not to create habitat space for the pests.
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Distribution of Mother of thyme

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Stony and rocky mountain slopes
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Lighting
Full sun
Mother of thyme thrives under unobstructed exposure to the sun, being able to prosper even when sunlight is slightly less intense. Originating from environments teeming with unfiltered sunlight, mother of thyme can grow healthily under these conditions. Excessive shade or lack of sufficient sunlight can hinder its optimum growth, while abundant exposure promotes it.
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Transplant
6-8 inches
Transplant mother of thyme in the embrace of spring's awakening, when mild temperatures foster root establishment. Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Carefully ease mother of thyme into its new home, ensuring minimal root disturbance for best results.
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Temperature
-25 - 35 ℃
Mother of thyme is a temperate woody plant that prefers temperatures ranging from 41 to 90 ℉ (5 to 32 ℃). It is native to mountainous regions, where it grows in cooler, more temperate environments. To adjust to different seasons, it may be necessary to provide shade during hot summers or move the plant indoors during cold winters.
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Pruning
All year around
This perennial herb is valued for its aromatic foliage and pink to purple flowers. For mother of thyme, early spring is ideal for pruning to maintain shape and encourage bushy growth. Remove dead stems and lightly trim back the plant after flowering to promote new foliage. Pruning can be done all season if needed for size control. Regular trimming helps prevent woodiness in the center, ensuring dense, vibrant coverage. Benefits include enhanced foliage production and extended lifespan.
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Propagation
Spring, Summer
Mother of thyme is best propagated through stem cuttings in spring or summer. It is relatively easy to propagate, with successful signs being new growth on cuttings. Ensure proper moisture while rooting is maintained.
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Best Time to Buy
Early spring, Mid spring
Early to mid-spring is the optimal time to purchase mother of thyme, offering plenty of grow time. Being a low-maintenance plant, it's perfect for beginners. This plant's growth rate is moderate to quick, making it ideal for those desiring quick ground coverage or adding texture to gardens. Its purple flowers and aroma make it stand out. Look for moist, brightly colored plants as a sign of health during purchase.
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Soil fungus
Soil fungus disease significantly impacts Mother of thyme by disrupting its growth and causing root and stem decay. This fungal infection can lead to widespread death of plants if not managed properly.
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Scars
Scars disease in Mother of thyme involves superficial to deep lesions affecting the visual appeal and health of the plant. Triggered mainly by environmental stresses and physical injuries, the disease can hinder growth and photosynthesis in severe cases.
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Stem rot
Stem rot is a destructive fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme that leads to wilting, discoloration, and death of the plant. The disease thrives in wet, poorly-drained conditions, often causing significant plant loss in susceptible species.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a severe disease impacting Mother of thyme, causing rapid decline and death of branches. This disease disrupts the plant's aesthetic and medicinal value, emphasizing the need for vigilant management.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing on Mother of thyme is a common disease that leads to discoloration and potential defoliation, affecting the plant's vitality and aesthetics. It can result from multiple causes, involving environmental stress or pathogenic infections.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease impacting Mother of thyme, leading to discolored patches and compromised vitality. If left untreated, it can detrimental to the overall growth and survival of the plant.
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Spider mite
Spider mites, tiny arachnids, infest and damage Mother of thyme by sucking cell contents, leading to discoloration and possibly plant death if untreated.
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Aphid
Aphids are pesky insects that infect Mother of thyme, leading to diminished growth and vigour. These pests suck sap, causing curling and yellowing of leaves, and may result in plant death if untreated.
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Mushrooms
A fungal disease impacts Mother of thyme, leading to growth inhibition and potential plant death. This disease primarily thrives in damp, shaded environments, affecting the plant's vitality and appearance.
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Leafhopper
Leafhopper disease in Mother of thyme primarily manifests through damage inflicted by leafhopper insects, rather than a pathogen. These pests cause stippling, discoloration, and potential dieback, significantly impacting plant vigor and aesthetic value.
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Brown spot is a plant disease causing discoloration and blight in Mother of thyme. It adversely affects the plant's growth and aesthetic value. Caused by a fungus, it is potentially lethal but can be treated with specific measures.
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Thrips
Thrips are pests that impact Mother of thyme by inducing stress, malformation, and stunting growth. These small insects can drastically affect health and aesthetics of plants, leading to significant gardening and agricultural concerns.
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Yellow edges
Yellow edges is a plant disease that causes yellowing along the edges of Mother of thyme's leaves. The disease affects the plant's health and overall appearance, resulting in plant growth retardation and, in severe cases, plant death.
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Spots
Spots, a fungal disease, threatens Mother of thyme, causing discolored lesions and potentially impairing growth. Prompt treatment is vital to maintain the plant's health and aesthetic value.
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Underwatering dry
Underwatering is a non-infection related problem affecting Mother of thyme, which may result in wilting, yellowing of leaves, and stunted growth. The issue stems from insufficient water intake, thus leading to poor overall plant health and productivity.
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flower wilting
Wilting is a plant disease that severely affects Mother of thyme, causing its typically robust foliage to become limp and lifeless. It is mainly caused by insufficient water, fungal infections, and specific insect activity, which can ultimately lead to the plant's demise if not properly managed.
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Leaf beetle
Leaf beetles specifically target 'Mother of thyme' and cause severe foliage damage. These pests chew through leaves, compromising plant health and aesthetics, potentially affecting growth and survival if infestations are heavy.
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Dark spots
Dark spots on Mother of thyme are a fungal disease causing circular to irregular discolored lesions on the leaves, potentially leading to reduced health and vigor of the plant.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering is a devastating condition affecting Mother of thyme, characterized by rapid dehydration and loss of foliage viability, leading to reduced vitality and potentially plant death if untreated.
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Dodder
Dodder is a parasitic plant impacting 'Mother of thyme' by depleting nutrients and hindering growth. This disease affects photosynthesis and can lead to chlorosis.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering is a condition that causes the tips of Mother of thyme's leaves to dry out and shrivel, significantly reducing its vitality and longevity. The disease may lead to eventual death if left untreated, and its impact is often magnified during periods of intense heat or cold.
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Notch
Notch is a fungal disease impacting 'Mother of thyme', leading to leaf discoloration and reduced growth. This pathology can broadly affect plant health and aesthetics, particularly in favorable conditions.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a common disease that can severely impact the health of Mother of thyme. It is caused by several mechanisms and leads to the decay and discoloration of the plant's surfaces, thereby reducing the overall aesthetic and health quality of Mother of thyme.
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Caterpillar
The 'Caterpillar' disease affects Mother of thyme by causing foliage damage and reducing plant vigor. These pests chew on leaves, leading to defoliation and potential plant death if infestations are severe.
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Mealybug
Mealybug disease affects Mother of thyme by sapping nutrients resulting in stunted growth and wilted foliage. Succulent leaves especially are vulnerable to these pests which flourish in warm, sheltered environments.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting, a common plant disease, leads to water loss causing the foliage of Mother of thyme to shrink, curl, and change color. It can result from numerous factors and be a severe threat to the plant's overall health.
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Plant dried up
Plant dried up' is a deleterious condition affecting Mother of thyme, leading to impaired growth, color change, and eventual death of the plant. It's generally caused by non-infectious conditions such as over-watering, under-watering, and nutrient deficiency.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease specifically impacting Mother of thyme, characterized by rapid withering of branches not originating from the plant's base, leading to possible plant death if unmanaged.
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Weevil
Weevil disease in Mother of thyme significantly impacts its growth and visual appeal. It is characterized by deformities and stunted growth due to root damage inflicted by the weevil larvae.
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White blotch
White blotch is a fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme, leading to aesthetic damage and reduced vigor. It's notable for white, circular spots on leaves, potentially extending to stems during severe infestations.
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Black mold
Black mold is a fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme, causing dark, sooty mold on the leaves and stems. It primarily thrives in humid conditions and can significantly hinder plant growth and aesthetic appeal.
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Scale insect
Scale insect infestation in Mother of thyme affects the plant's vigor by sucking sap, leading to stunted growth. These pests are shielded by a waxy coating, making them tough to control once established.
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Snail and slug
Snail and slug disease refers to the damage caused by these pests on Mother of thyme. They feed on the foliage and stems, leading to severe defoliation and weakening of the plant.
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Leaf blotch
Leaf blotch is a fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme, causing discolored patches, reduced growth and vigor. It can potentially spread to other plants if not managed properly.
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Whitefly
Whitefly is a pest that targets Mother of thyme, affecting its growth, coloration, and vitality. These pests extract sap, weakening the plant and potentially transmitting diseases.
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Feng shui direction
Southwest
The Mother of thyme, or mother of thyme, is considered a harmonious element in feng shui, especially when placed in the Southwest. This placement, known to represent Love and Relationships, benefits from its vibrant energy, symbolizing a prospering, sturdy bond. However, individual experiences may vary, achieving different levels of energy balance.
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Courage
Mother of thyme symbolizes courage in the language of flowers.,This flower has a long history of use in ancient Greek culture.,Mother of thyme is often chosen for rock gardens and borders in landscaping.
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Larkdaisy (*Centratherum punctatum*) is a perennial that blooms from mid-summer to early fall with lavender flowers. Seed heads remain after blooms fade and will self-seed if left on the plant. If more plants aren't desired, it's necessary to deadhead the plant. This plant is considered a weed in some regions.
Asian ponysfoot
Asian ponysfoot
Introduced initially as a groundcover and a grass substitute for lawns, asian ponysfoot spread uncontrollably and is now considered a weed in some countries. This trailing plant grows worldwide in tropical and cool temperate climates. When some parts of this plant are touched, they can cause skin irritation.
Swamp dewberry
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Swamp dewberry (Rubus hispidus) is a perennial woody vine with trailing stems found in woodlands meadows and fields. Swamp dewberry blooms white flowers from spring to summer and attracts bees flies and butterflies. The fruits it produces are similar to black berries but have a sour taste. Birds turtles mice and squirrels feed on the berries. It grows in full sun to partial shade.
Pussy willow
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Pussy willow (Salix discolor) is a deciduous shrub that will grow in full sun to partial shade in medium to wet soil. It blooms in spring with yellow greenish catkins. The blooms resemble the pads on a cat's paw which is how it gets its name. Interestingly male plants produce the more desirable silky pearl gray catkins and female plants produce smaller less attractive blooms. Due to its preference for moist soils this plant is usually found around ponds streams and lakes.
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Matted Sandmat is an annual weed that grows flat along the ground into a matted form. It has a long tap root and hardy seeds, which make it difficult to eradicate. This plant’s sap can irritate the skin and is toxic.
Oriental bittersweet
Oriental bittersweet
Celastrus orbiculatus is a vine that grows and spreads aggressively and has been deemed an invasive species in many areas. Oriental bittersweet is an opportunistic climber and climbs any available tree or structure. The vine wraps around itself as it climbs, and has been known to completely strangle or ‘girdle’ a mature host tree.
Poison ivy
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In pop culture, poison ivy is a symbol of an obnoxious weed because, despite its unthreatening looks, it gives a highly unpleasant contact rash to the unfortunate person who touches it. Still, it is commonly eaten by many animals, and the seeds are a favorite with birds. The leaves turn bright red in fall. Its sister species, Western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii), is not considered to be invasive in the United States, but is noxious in Australia and New Zealand.
Pokeweed
Pokeweed
Although its berries look juicy and tempting, the fruits and the root of pokeweed are toxic and should not be eaten. Pokeweed is considered a pest species by farmers but is nevertheless often grown as an ornamental plant. Its berries can be made into pokeberry ink as well.
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Mother of thyme
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Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme
Thymus praecox
Also known as: Wild thyme, Woolly thyme
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Attributes of Mother of thyme

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Perennial
Plant Type
Herb, Shrub
Planting Time
Spring
Bloom Time
Late spring, Summer
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
10 cm
Spread
30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Pink
Purple
Red
Fruit Color
Brown
Stem Color
Brown
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
5 - 32 ℃
Growth Season
Summer
Growth Rate
Moderate
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Ovate, bluish-green leaves with a spicy fragrance and fine hairs.
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Hairy stems that spread horizontally, rooting easily and forming a dense mat.
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Clusters of tiny, tubular flowers in pinkish-purple to white hues, attracting pollinators.
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Fruit is a schizocarp, splitting into small, brown, one-seeded segments for propagation.
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Petals arranged in whorled pattern, creating fragrant clusters blooming June-September.
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Soil fungus
Soil fungus disease significantly impacts Mother of thyme by disrupting its growth and causing root and stem decay. This fungal infection can lead to widespread death of plants if not managed properly.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Thrips
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Thrips are 1 to 2 mm bugs with slender black or translucent-yellow bodies. They move quickly and feed on the plant's sap.
Solutions: Thrips can be controlled in several ways. Spray plants with Pyrethrin, which is an organic pesticide derived from marigolds (follow label instructions) or Permethrin, the synthetic version of Pyrethrin. Introduce beneficial insects to the garden that eat thrips, such as minute pirate bugs and green lacewings. Remove heavily infested plants from the area and discard. Address viral diseases that may have been transmitted by the pests. For less serious cases -use a hose to spray the thrips off of the plants.
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Sap-sucking insects
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Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Solutions: Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
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What is Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
What is Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
Soil fungus disease significantly impacts Mother of thyme by disrupting its growth and causing root and stem decay. This fungal infection can lead to widespread death of plants if not managed properly.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Mother of thyme, the disease manifests as browning and rotting of the roots, wilting, and stunted growth. Upper parts may yellow, signaling advanced infection.
What Causes Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
What Causes Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
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Fungi in soil
The disease is caused by various fungi naturally present in the soil, which thrive under certain conditions.
How to Treat Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
How to Treat Soil fungus Disease on Mother of thyme?
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Soil management: Improve drainage and avoid waterlogging to discourage fungal growth.

Plant rotation: Rotate Mother of thyme with non-susceptible crops to reduce soil fungus loads.
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Fungicidal drench: Apply fungicidal soil drench to target soil-borne pathogens effectively.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
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Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
Solutions
Solutions
If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Prevention
Prevention
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent plants from dying of “old age.” To help prolong their life, and put off symptoms of aged yellow and dry for as long as possible, take care of them by giving them enough water, fertilizing them appropriately, and making sure they get enough sunlight.
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Thrips are 1 to 2 mm bugs with slender black or translucent-yellow bodies. They move quickly and feed on the plant's sap.
Overview
Overview
Thrips are tiny, flying, sap-sucking insects that attack the tender parts of plants, causing scarring and weakening of the plant and sometimes, if the infestation is severe enough, plant death. They have undersized double wings with a fringe on them, resembling tiny, misshapen damselflies. Thrips have a taste for many houseplants and crops, making them a serious nuisance.
They appear in early spring after the last frost has occurred. If not controlled in early spring, they will persist for most of the season. They are often attracted to weakened plants, such as those struck by drought/underwatering or malnutrition. Excessive use of nitrogen fertilizer also seems to attract them to a plant. Thrips can spread various viruses between plants, leading to more serious damage.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Thrips are so small that they may not be noticed (1 to 2 mm long), but infested plants present several key signs. Tiny pale spots appear on leaves, which may start to deform, show white or silver discoloration, or become papery in texture.
Flower petals may be damaged as well, and might display color break, which is dark or pale discoloring of petal tissue damaged before the buds had a chance to open. Fruits may show scabby or silvery scarring. Tiny black spots of the insects' excrement may be visible.
As the infestation progresses, infested terminals roll and become discolored, and leaves may drop prematurely. The plant's growth may be stunted. Secondary viral and bacterial infections, which thrips can transmit, may become evident.
The good news? Thrips rarely kill or seriously weaken shrubs and trees. Smaller plants, such as vegetable crops and herbaceous ornamentals, tend to be more severely affected.
Solutions
Solutions
Thrips can be controlled in several ways.
  • Spray plants with Pyrethrin, which is an organic pesticide derived from marigolds (follow label instructions) or Permethrin, the synthetic version of Pyrethrin.
  • Introduce beneficial insects to the garden that eat thrips, such as minute pirate bugs and green lacewings.
  • Remove heavily infested plants from the area and discard.
  • Address viral diseases that may have been transmitted by the pests.
  • For less serious cases -use a hose to spray the thrips off of the plants.
Prevention
Prevention
The best way to protect plants from thrips is to take preventative measures.
  • Avoid buying and transplanting infected plants. Check for signs of thrip damage before buying.
  • Regularly prune off dead branches and leaves.
  • Keep the garden weeded and remove debris such as dead branches and leaves.
  • Avoid unnecessary use of insecticides as they can kill predatory insects that keep thrips in check.
  • Plant a diverse variety of plants in the garden to provide habitat for predatory insects.
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Sap-sucking insects can create dense clusters of small yellow or white spots on the leaves.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant has developed tiny yellowish spots scattered across the leaves that look like mold or mildew. If these marks won't wipe off, they are likely caused by sap-sucking insects like aphids, squash bugs, scale bugs, leafhoppers, whiteflies, mites, mealybugs, and more.
Each of these pests uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. uses mouthparts to pierce leaf tissues and suck the sap. Signs of damage are difficult to spot at first, but a large infestation can quickly compromise the whole plant. You're most likely to see sap-sucking insects during the hottest months because plants make easier targets when already weakened from heat or drought.
Though sap-sucking insects are unlikely to kill your plant on their own, they can severely weaken it and make it more susceptible to disease. They may also spread viruses from one plant to another as they feed.
Solutions
Solutions
Sap-sucking insects can be hard to spot, as they are often small and attach to the undersides of plant leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, follow these steps to eradicate it.
  1. Hand-pick bugs and remove eggs: Inspect your plants for insects and drop any you find in a container of soapy water. Look carefully at the undersides of plant leaves and squish any egg clusters you find.
  2. Use Insecticide: Targeted spraying can take out sap-sucking insects. Small infestations can be controlled with insecticidal soap, though larger outbreaks might require a stronger spray.
  3. Introduce natural predators: Many insects, including ladybugs and praying mantises, love to feast on sap-suckers. You can purchase them at garden stores and release them near infected plants, or encourage wild ones by creating habitat space.
Prevention
Prevention
Healthy plants are less likely to suffer from sap-sucker attacks. Keep them fortified with fertilizer and the right amounts of water and sunlight. Plants that receive excess nitrogen are also more susceptible to attack, so don’t overfertilize. You should also remove weeds and tall grasses surrounding your outdoor plants so as not to create habitat space for the pests.
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Soil fungus
Soil fungus disease significantly impacts Mother of thyme by disrupting its growth and causing root and stem decay. This fungal infection can lead to widespread death of plants if not managed properly.
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Scars
Scars disease in Mother of thyme involves superficial to deep lesions affecting the visual appeal and health of the plant. Triggered mainly by environmental stresses and physical injuries, the disease can hinder growth and photosynthesis in severe cases.
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Stem rot
Stem rot is a destructive fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme that leads to wilting, discoloration, and death of the plant. The disease thrives in wet, poorly-drained conditions, often causing significant plant loss in susceptible species.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a severe disease impacting Mother of thyme, causing rapid decline and death of branches. This disease disrupts the plant's aesthetic and medicinal value, emphasizing the need for vigilant management.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing on Mother of thyme is a common disease that leads to discoloration and potential defoliation, affecting the plant's vitality and aesthetics. It can result from multiple causes, involving environmental stress or pathogenic infections.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease impacting Mother of thyme, leading to discolored patches and compromised vitality. If left untreated, it can detrimental to the overall growth and survival of the plant.
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Spider mite
Spider mites, tiny arachnids, infest and damage Mother of thyme by sucking cell contents, leading to discoloration and possibly plant death if untreated.
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Aphid
Aphids are pesky insects that infect Mother of thyme, leading to diminished growth and vigour. These pests suck sap, causing curling and yellowing of leaves, and may result in plant death if untreated.
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Mushrooms
A fungal disease impacts Mother of thyme, leading to growth inhibition and potential plant death. This disease primarily thrives in damp, shaded environments, affecting the plant's vitality and appearance.
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Leafhopper
Leafhopper disease in Mother of thyme primarily manifests through damage inflicted by leafhopper insects, rather than a pathogen. These pests cause stippling, discoloration, and potential dieback, significantly impacting plant vigor and aesthetic value.
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Brown blotch yellow edge
Brown spot is a plant disease causing discoloration and blight in Mother of thyme. It adversely affects the plant's growth and aesthetic value. Caused by a fungus, it is potentially lethal but can be treated with specific measures.
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Thrips
Thrips are pests that impact Mother of thyme by inducing stress, malformation, and stunting growth. These small insects can drastically affect health and aesthetics of plants, leading to significant gardening and agricultural concerns.
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Yellow edges
Yellow edges is a plant disease that causes yellowing along the edges of Mother of thyme's leaves. The disease affects the plant's health and overall appearance, resulting in plant growth retardation and, in severe cases, plant death.
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Spots
Spots, a fungal disease, threatens Mother of thyme, causing discolored lesions and potentially impairing growth. Prompt treatment is vital to maintain the plant's health and aesthetic value.
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Underwatering is a non-infection related problem affecting Mother of thyme, which may result in wilting, yellowing of leaves, and stunted growth. The issue stems from insufficient water intake, thus leading to poor overall plant health and productivity.
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Wilting is a plant disease that severely affects Mother of thyme, causing its typically robust foliage to become limp and lifeless. It is mainly caused by insufficient water, fungal infections, and specific insect activity, which can ultimately lead to the plant's demise if not properly managed.
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Leaf beetle
Leaf beetles specifically target 'Mother of thyme' and cause severe foliage damage. These pests chew through leaves, compromising plant health and aesthetics, potentially affecting growth and survival if infestations are heavy.
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Dark spots
Dark spots on Mother of thyme are a fungal disease causing circular to irregular discolored lesions on the leaves, potentially leading to reduced health and vigor of the plant.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering is a devastating condition affecting Mother of thyme, characterized by rapid dehydration and loss of foliage viability, leading to reduced vitality and potentially plant death if untreated.
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Dodder
Dodder is a parasitic plant impacting 'Mother of thyme' by depleting nutrients and hindering growth. This disease affects photosynthesis and can lead to chlorosis.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering is a condition that causes the tips of Mother of thyme's leaves to dry out and shrivel, significantly reducing its vitality and longevity. The disease may lead to eventual death if left untreated, and its impact is often magnified during periods of intense heat or cold.
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Notch
Notch is a fungal disease impacting 'Mother of thyme', leading to leaf discoloration and reduced growth. This pathology can broadly affect plant health and aesthetics, particularly in favorable conditions.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a common disease that can severely impact the health of Mother of thyme. It is caused by several mechanisms and leads to the decay and discoloration of the plant's surfaces, thereby reducing the overall aesthetic and health quality of Mother of thyme.
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Caterpillar
The 'Caterpillar' disease affects Mother of thyme by causing foliage damage and reducing plant vigor. These pests chew on leaves, leading to defoliation and potential plant death if infestations are severe.
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Mealybug
Mealybug disease affects Mother of thyme by sapping nutrients resulting in stunted growth and wilted foliage. Succulent leaves especially are vulnerable to these pests which flourish in warm, sheltered environments.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting, a common plant disease, leads to water loss causing the foliage of Mother of thyme to shrink, curl, and change color. It can result from numerous factors and be a severe threat to the plant's overall health.
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Plant dried up
Plant dried up' is a deleterious condition affecting Mother of thyme, leading to impaired growth, color change, and eventual death of the plant. It's generally caused by non-infectious conditions such as over-watering, under-watering, and nutrient deficiency.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease specifically impacting Mother of thyme, characterized by rapid withering of branches not originating from the plant's base, leading to possible plant death if unmanaged.
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Weevil
Weevil disease in Mother of thyme significantly impacts its growth and visual appeal. It is characterized by deformities and stunted growth due to root damage inflicted by the weevil larvae.
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White blotch
White blotch is a fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme, leading to aesthetic damage and reduced vigor. It's notable for white, circular spots on leaves, potentially extending to stems during severe infestations.
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Black mold
Black mold is a fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme, causing dark, sooty mold on the leaves and stems. It primarily thrives in humid conditions and can significantly hinder plant growth and aesthetic appeal.
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Scale insect
Scale insect infestation in Mother of thyme affects the plant's vigor by sucking sap, leading to stunted growth. These pests are shielded by a waxy coating, making them tough to control once established.
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Snail and slug
Snail and slug disease refers to the damage caused by these pests on Mother of thyme. They feed on the foliage and stems, leading to severe defoliation and weakening of the plant.
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Leaf blotch
Leaf blotch is a fungal disease affecting Mother of thyme, causing discolored patches, reduced growth and vigor. It can potentially spread to other plants if not managed properly.
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Whitefly
Whitefly is a pest that targets Mother of thyme, affecting its growth, coloration, and vitality. These pests extract sap, weakening the plant and potentially transmitting diseases.
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Mother of thyme thrives under unobstructed exposure to the sun, being able to prosper even when sunlight is slightly less intense. Originating from environments teeming with unfiltered sunlight, mother of thyme can grow healthily under these conditions. Excessive shade or lack of sufficient sunlight can hinder its optimum growth, while abundant exposure promotes it.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
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Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Mother of thyme thrives in full sunlight and is commonly grown outdoors where it receives ample sunlight. When placed in rooms with inadequate lighting, symptoms of light deficiency may not be readily apparent.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your mother of thyme may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Mother of thyme enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
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Mother of thyme thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
Mother of thyme is a temperate woody plant that prefers temperatures ranging from 41 to 90 ℉ (5 to 32 ℃). It is native to mountainous regions, where it grows in cooler, more temperate environments. To adjust to different seasons, it may be necessary to provide shade during hot summers or move the plant indoors during cold winters.
Regional wintering strategies
Mother of thyme has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Mother of thyme
Mother of thyme is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Mother of thyme
During summer, Mother of thyme should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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