Shirley Bovshow is giving you professional tips on how to care for chamomile plants.
How to Grow Chamomile Plants
- Seed starting mix
- Spray bottle with water
- Fill planting container with seed starting mix
- Spray a bit of water to seed starting mix and push down firmly
- Take about 3-4 Chamomile seeds and place them on TOP of the soil
- Lightly scratch in seeds and spritz with water
- (DO NOT bury seeds too deep in the soil, they need sunlight to sprout!)
- Place container in a very sunny spot in the room so seeds can sprout within 10-20 days
- Check soil moisture daily and water gently as soil begins to feel dry to touch.
- When plants sprout and are about 2 inches tall, remove all but one chamomile plant from each container or seed planting cell. You can transplant the extra plants in individual pots.
- Transplant the chamomile plant to a full sun area outdoors in the ground, or in a large, 8” inch container in 8 to 10 weeks. (Or when the weather is suitable, or after the ground has thawed).
- The chamomile plant will flower around week 12 in later spring and early summer.
- Although German chamomile is an annual plant, it will often throw its seed on the ground and will flower again the following year!
- Harvest the chamomile flower heads when they are open and dry them in a dehydrator or on a screen in a room with dry air.
- Store your dried chamomile flowers in an airtight container.
- Place pot on top of a heat pad to cut sprouting time to 5 days