Chamomile

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Full sun / Part shade

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Sow depth

1cm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

15-30cm

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Row space

15cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

50cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

1.5cm

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Best practice

Transplant

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Germination (days)

10-14

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Maturity (days)

42-60

How to Grow

How to grow video guide
From seed

Chamomile seed needs light to germinate, so simply scatter the seed and press firmly onto the soil, but do not cover the seed with soil.

Chamomile seeds can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost.

When planting chamomile seeds indoors, fill a seed tray with well-draining potting mix, then simply scatter the seeds over the loose soil and lightly tamp it down or water it in with a light mist.

From seedling

Seedlings should be thinned to 2-4 inches (5-10 cm.) apart when they are about an inch (2.5 cm.) tall.

Plants do not like to be transplanted once their roots have established and they begin to produce blooms, so many gardeners prefer to sow the seeds directly in the garden.

Ready to harvest

Simply pick the flowers.

Blanch in water for chamomile tea.

Chamomile usually produces flowers that can be harvested for herbal use in just 6-8 weeks.

When harvesting chamomile flowers, most herb gardeners will leave some seed heads to naturally self-sow to produce a small colony of chamomile.

You can also set aside some of the harvested blooms to dry for seed to plant in other areas.

Collect seed

Select the flowers that are nearly open.

Pinch the stalk just below the flower head and pop off the bloom.

The flowers that are done blooming give you an opportunity to collect seeds or allow the plants to self-seed next year's patch.

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 2 - Temperate

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

Companion Planting

Tips for Care

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Chamomile plant companions can also benefit from the aphid and mite eating hoverflies, ladybugs and other beneficial insects that chamomile attracts; and you will benefit from its mosquito deterring scent.
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Leave some seed heads to naturally self-sow to produce a small colony of chamomile.

You can also set aside some of the harvested blooms to dry for seed to plant in other areas.
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Once your chamomile is established, it needs very little care.

Like most herbs, chamomile grows best when it is not fussed over

Pests & Problems


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