How to Grow Feverfew From Seed


Feverfew is commonly added to medicinal gardens because of their ability to fight migraines and fevers. The plant is a perennial that only lives for a short time during the growing season. Harvested leaves can be used in tea or to make medicinal tinctures. The daisy-like flowers of feverfew make this plant look similar to chamomile. You can easily grow feverfew from seed. Once started, your plants will self-seed for the following season.

Step 1

Fill your peat pots with loamy and well-drained soil in late February.

Step 2

Lay 2 seeds on top of the soil, and add just enough soil to barely cover the seeds.

Step 3

Place a grow light about 6 inches from your pots. Make sure they get 6 to 8 hours of light a day. Add enough water to dampen the soil each day. Feverfew typically germinates after 2 weeks.

Step 4

Thin your plants after seedlings appear and have developed their first set of true leaves. Remove the weakest looking seedling from each pot, and leave the remaining strongest seedling to grow.

Step 5

Transplant your feverfew seedlings in a full sun to partially shaded location outside in early June. Dig a hole large enough to cover the entire peat pot. Place the pot in the soil, and cover it completely. Space the plants a foot apart in rows that are 2 feet apart.

Step 6

Add 20-10-20 water soluble fertilizer to the soil around your plant and water immediately. This will be enough fertilizer for the entire growing season of your feverfew. Continue to water your feverfew to a depth of 1 inch each week, except during periods of rainfall.

Step 7

Weed around your plants by hand to protect them each week.

Step 8

Remove about ¾ of the flower blossom if you wish to promote more leaf growth. The leaf is the part of the plant that is used medicinally. Leave the remaining flowers so that they can develop seeds. Your plants will self-seed for the next growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Small peat pots
  • Loamy soil
  • Feverfew seeds
  • Grow light
  • Shovel
  • 20-10-20 water soluble fertilizer


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Keywords: medicinal plants, healing herbs, migraine

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for over 15 years. Coe is the former publisher of the politics and art magazine Flesh from Ashes. She has worked to protect water and air quality. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University.