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Chamomile Plant Care Guide

Chamomile Plant Care Guide

As chamomile flower with thin petals

There are many reasons you will want to include chamomile in your herb garden. This popular herb not only makes a soothing tea, but its daisy-like flowers and sweet scent make it a must have for your flower garden. Though it started out in Europe, this fragrant beauty has quickly spread world-wide and is easy to add to your collection as well.

Before You Plant
 Choose the Right Type of Chamomile:

  • There are two main types of chamomile, each with its own distinct properties.
  • German chamomile is an annual herb that reaches heights of 2-3 feet.
  • Roman chamomile is a perennial herb that only reaches a height of 4-12 inches, making it a good candidate for ground cover.

Find a Suitable Place:

  • Chamomile plants need an area that receives full sun.
  • If space is limited, consider growing this herb in a container either indoors or on a patio.
  • Both herb gardens and flower gardens make great homes for the chamomile plant.

Prepare the soil:

  • Proper drainage is important, but soil needs to hold moisture for the plant to grow.
  • Soil should be average to rich in quality. Amend poor soil by working in rotted compost or organic matter.
  • The acidity of the soil is another factor to consider. Chamomile will grow in a wide range of acidic soil anything with 5.6 – 7.5 pH. There are soil testing kits available at most gardening or home supply stores, or you can have your soil tested by a professional to find out if any adjustments are necessary.

Planting Chamomile

What You Will Need:

  • Chamomile seeds
  • Prepared soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch

Steps for Planting Chamomile:

  1. Properly prepare the soil before planting.
  2. Seeds need light to germinate, so rather than sowing the seeds, broadcast them onto moist soil in the spring after the last frost.
  3. Allow one to two weeks for the plants to germinate.
  4. When seedlings have developed, thin the plants to 6 inches for ground cover or 18 inches for decorative plants.
  5. Apply fertilizer regularly to achieve maximum plant growth.
  6. Water regularly to keep the soil moist. Placing mulch around the plants will help to retain moisture.

Growing/Harvesting Chamomile

What You Will Need:

  • Garden clippers or scissors
  • Tray
  • Wire rack

Steps for Care and Maintenance:

  1. Remove all dead flowers, otherwise known as deadheading, regularly to keep new blossoms forming.
  2. Harvest flowers by cutting them off as they reach their peak bloom; use fresh in tea or dry for winter use.
  3. To dry, place flowers on a tray and allow to dry thoroughly in a cool, dark place. Store in an air-tight container.
  4. In the fall, cut the plant down and cover with mulch to provide protection from harsh winter weather.
  5. Once planted, this plant will self-seed to produce new plants each year.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Since the flowers of the chamomile plant are eaten, avoid using any pesticides or sprays. If pests become a problem, try an organic treatment. Be sure to check the label carefully.
  • Flowers can be used to make fresh tea or combined with other teas to make a delicious herbal blend. It also makes a great addition to punch as it can be served hot or cold.
  • Use chamomile to make a hair rinse.
  • Chamomile is often used to treat aches and the tea is often used to help with upset stomachs.
  • Toothaches can also be treated by grinding the chamomile and mixing with a little water to form a paste. Apply to the irritated tooth for relief.

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See Also …

How to Grow and Care for Chamomile Flowers in Containers Here

How to Grow Chamomile

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19 responses

  1. Just told you, last week or 2 weeks ego, I have bought some special seeds for this coming spring to sow….Well, I am going to sow them this coming spring, ( Few with very good & powerful medicinal purpose ones ), just for tea. 😉
    Chamomile is one of them .

    June 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    • 😉 love chamomile tea, i don’t have to plant this, it comes up on it’s own. it’s everywhere here

      June 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

      • Good 4 you 😉

        June 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      • yes we are blessed in many ways, like the wild raspberries across the way *cackles* 🙂

        June 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    • anyone wanting any seeds this fall just shout 😉

      June 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

      • LOL ….Toooooo late, GOT 100 SEEDS for $1 😀

        June 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      • good deal, probably cheaper than i could send them to you 🙂

        June 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  2. My daughter is in her first apt. and recently started growing herbs. I shared your post with her via your “share to email” button. I’m sure she’ll love growing her own tea! 🙂

    June 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    • thank you 🙂

      June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    • Hopefully you will be Carina’s first customer locally 😀 …I wonder if any local bears find out about them wild Raspberries bushes. Wowwwww babe, hold yer pants and run 😀

      June 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      • lol, no bears in area i am aware of. we do have coyotes but the only ones i have to fight for berries are the birds so far 🙂

        June 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  3. Enjoy then ….BON APPETIT 😀
    Me getting a bit jealous here 😀
    At least I have lots of LAMB …LMBO 😀

    June 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    • thank you 🙂 they are there but still green, should be by end of month picking berries if we get good sun. freaking cold here again, 2c tonight forecast

      June 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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  5. Copycat.

    🙂

    June 3, 2013 at 2:04 am

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  7. My husband grew German Chamomile in a large pot for the first time. Grew wonderfully! But it looks like we harvested wrong per comments I read. We just picked them in the evening and after their peak. Hopefully, after drying them, they will be good anyway. I drank chamomile tea all my life when I didn’t feel well. When we were little, my mother would make this tea and put it in a big pot and cover our head with a towel over the bowl to breath it in when we had a cold. Also, a lady had eye problems and went to many doctors. The doctors couldn’t help her. My mother suggested putting room temperature chamomile tea in her eye. I remember this woman coming back a few days later and telling my mother it worked. She was so thankful. My husband doesn’t care for the taste, but when he is ill and he drinks this tea, it does help him.

    August 7, 2014 at 6:29 am

    • my daughter loves Chamomile tea also

      August 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

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