How to Grow Feverfew From Seeds

Overview

Feverfew is a frost-resistant, hardy, herbaceous perennial that is grown as both a garden ornamental and as an herbal remedy. It is an indigenous plant to Southern Europe, but is cultivated throughout the world. Feverfew is a compact-growing, densely leaved plant that can grow to achieve heights of 1 to 3 feet. The flowers resemble small daisies and are approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.

Planting Feverfew Seeds Indoors

Step 1

Place the potting mix into each of your planting receptacles until they are approximately three-fourths full. Saturate the soil, allowing each to drain thoroughly. Do this approximately two to three weeks before spring.

Step 2

Press three or four feverfew seeds into the surface of the soil and leave them uncovered. Feverfew seeds require light in order to germinate.

Step 3

Place your feverfew seeds in an area in your home that offers both light (six to eight hours daily) and warmth (ideal temperature for germinating feverfew seeds is approximately 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit).

Step 4

Check on your feverfew seeds every day. Keep the seeds moist by spritzing them with water when soil starts to dry out. Germination time varies, but seeds should sprout in seven to 14 days.

Step 5

Once your feverfew seeds have sprouted, decide where in your garden you are going to plant them. For optimum growth, feverfew requires full sun and soil that is fast-draining. However, the plant will tolerate being grown in partial shade.

Step 6

Rake your garden until it is level and smooth. Remove any weeds or roots from the area you're going to plant your feverfew seedlings.

Step 7

Dig holes twice the size of each of your growing receptacles. Spacing for growing feverfew should be approximately 6 to 8 inches apart in rows that are 18 to 20 inches apart. Fill up each hole with water and let each drain.

Step 8

Remove a feverfew seedling from its receptacle. Place a seedling into a hole; the stem should be straight and level. Don't plant too deep; keep the base of the stem level to the surrounding soil. Push in dirt around your feverfew seedling, gently firming the soil to remove at air pockets.

Step 9

Water each seedling using a gentle stream of water. Don't water the stem or leaves, but water at the base of the stem. Push a planting stake in near each plant to offer support for the tender seedling as it grows.

Planting Feverfew Seeds Outdoors

Step 1

Once the ground has warmed up in spring and the soil is workable, rake the area according to the directions in Step 6 above.

Step 2

Water the area, saturating the soil. Allow the area to drain. Soil should be well moistened but not soggy.

Step 3

Generously scatter your feverfew seeds in the area you just prepared. (Keep in mind that outdoor sowing for feverfew seeds can produce a low germination rate due to the minute size of feverfew seeds.) With your hands, push in the seeds to the soil firmly. Do not cover. Place planting stakes around the area you scattered your feverfew seeds so you know where to water.

Step 4

Check the area you just planted each day. Keep the topsoil moistened and sprinkle with water daily. Do not use a stream of water that might displace the seeds and prevent germination. Instead, use a fine mist.

Things You'll Need

  • Feverfew seeds
  • Potting mix
  • Planting cells
  • Trowel or shovel
  • Plant mister or garden sprayer
  • Rake
  • Planting stakes

References

  • Information on Feverfew
  • Profile of Feverfew

Who Can Help

  • Encyclopedia of Life: Feverfew
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