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Thymus ‘Jekka’ is one of the finest of the upright growing, bushy thymes.
The foliage has a rich and potent thyme flavour and aroma and this dense little bush covers itself with soft pink flowers during summer.
It is a superb culinary herb, either fresh or dried, for use in casseroles; fish, chicken, lamb dishes; breads and pizzas; Mediterranean salads etc.
GROWING: Thymus ‘Jekka’
Height with flowers: 10-15cm.
Width: 40cm. approx.
Position: Full Sun. Thymus ‘Jekka’ enjoys as much sun, wind, and exposure as you can give it. The position must be very well drained and airy. And it loves (and looks great in) terracotta pots. Thymus ‘Jekka’ will die in heavy soils, wet or crowded positions.
Growth: Hardy and long-lived perennial, upright growing Thyme.
Soil: Thymus ‘Jekka’ thoroughly enjoys sandy, rocky or gravel soils. It requires excellent drainage and performs best in less fertile soils, and in both alkaline and neutral soil pH.
Frost: Thymus ‘Jekka’ is very frost hardy, and can withstand temperatures down to at least -15C, depending on conditions.
Water: Water-wise and low water need plant, ideal for gardeners with limited water supply. Drought tolerant once established.
Pots: Excellent for growing in pots for flavour and fragrance. Thymus ‘Jekka’ has both strong aroma and rich, strong Thyme flavour for culinary use. Excellent dried culinary herb.
Bees & Birds: Thyme flowers provide abundant nectar for bees and are also visited by butterflies and moths.
Thymus ‘Jekka’ is an excellent plant for attracting pollinators into the veggie patch or fruit orchard.
Care & Maintenance:
Fertilizer: Quality fertilizer, such as Powerfeed, can be applied in spring and autumn. But use sparingly, as Thymus ‘Jekka’ performs best and has superior flavour and aroma when it is not overfed.
We recommend to water in with Seasol at planting.
Pruning: Cut back hard after flowering once a year, to keep this shrubby little perennial clump neat and compact. Thymus ‘Jekka’ is naturally upright growing.
Pests & Diseases: Rarely troubled by any pests or diseases.
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Happily both rabbits and deer usually find the strongly aromatic and herbal flavour of Thymus ‘Jekka’ not to their taste, and pass them by for tastier fodder.
Herbal, History & Uses
Culinary uses: Thymus ‘Jekka’ has a rich, potent thyme flavour and is ideal, either fresh or dried, for use in casseroles; fish, chicken, lamb dishes; breads and pizzas; Mediterranean salads etc.
Herbal uses: Thyme has a long history of use as a medicinal herb in traditional and village medicine. It was used for its proposed insect repelling, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
History: Thyme was an essential ingredient for the ancient Egyptians in their art of embalming the dead. It was also an essential for the ancient Romans in their cuisine, brewing and toiletries. Then when the “Black Death” arrived in Europe in the early 1300’s, Thyme posies were considered vital for warding off the infection. At the very least, the Thyme posies must have made everything smell better.
Origin: Thymes are widespread across many areas of the northern hemisphere, from the cold summers of rocky outcrops in Iceland, to the blazing heat of sandy dunes in North Africa. Thyme particularly thrives in areas with a Mediterranean style climate.
However Thymus ‘Jekka’ was developed in the wonderful nursery of Jekka McVicar – one of the most revered exponents of herbs and organic gardening in the UK.
Quarantine Restriction: None. Thymus ‘Jekka’ can be shipped to all states from Di’s Delightful Plants - one of Australia’s largest on-line nursery and mail order plant services.
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