Harvest chamomile flowers for tea.
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Chamomile is a favorite herb for brewing a calming tea in the evenings before bed. Chamomile grows best outdoors, but can be grown successfully indoors with proper care. Outside chamomile will grow up to 2 feet tall but inside 10 inches is the average height. The attractive white flowers are the part used to make tea and their bright yellow centers add color to the room they are in. Grow in a large pot or box so you have enough flowers to use.
Fill a 1-foot diameter or larger container with general purpose potting compost. Choose a container with plenty of drainage holes.
Sow the seeds directly on the soil surface. Use more seeds than needed plants to make up for those that don't germinate.
Place in a warm area with plenty of natural sunshine to germinate within 14 days. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Thin out seedlings to 2 inches apart once they develop their second set of true leaves.
Apply a general purpose fertilizer monthly during the spring and summer growing season.
Harvest flowers when at the height of their bloom by snipping them off. Place them on a cookie sheet or tray in a cool, dark area to dry for use in teas.