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How to Grow Chamomile

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Chamomile plants thrive in an herb garden. image by mindweb/morguefile.com

Overview

Chamomile plants are one of the most popular herbs, often recognized even among those who have limited knowledge of herbs and gardening. Whether you grow chamomile for making teas or for use in homemade soaps, the beautiful daisy-like blooms will brighten up a sunny garden spot. Provide chamomile plants with rich soil and regular fertilizer and they will grow abundantly year after year.

Step 1

Prepare the planting area in the spring after the soil has warmed. Turn the soil over with the spade and work it down to a depth of approximately 3 inches. Add a 1-inch layer of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with the spade to incorporate it with the soil.

Step 2

Plant the seeds 6 inches apart under 1/8-inch of soil. Water the seeds lightly and keep the soil moist during germination and until the plants are several inches high.

Step 3

Fertilize the chamomile plants once or twice per month by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations. Keep the chamomile plants sufficiently watered during dry periods.

Step 4

Harvest chamomile blooms early in the day for best flavor. The blossoms are ready for harvest when they are at their peak bloom. Clip the blossoms from the stems just under the blossoms and place them onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Place the tray in a cool location with good air circulation to dry. When the blossoms resemble paper, they are finished drying. Store the dried blossoms in a sealed glass jar.

Step 5

Leave some blossoms on the plants throughout the autumn and winter to enable the chamomile plant to self-sow new plants for the next growing season.

Step 6

Cut the previous year's growth down to the soil level early in the spring to make room for new chamomile plants that will soon sprout.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Rake
  • Chamomile seeds
  • Trowel
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Scissors
  • Tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Sealed jar

References

  • Growing Chamomile
Keywords: chamomile plants, grow chamomile, chamomile seeds

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

Photo by: mindweb/morguefile.com

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