How to Grow: Chamomile

How to grow chamomile

Chamomile is one of the easiest herbs you can start growing in your family garden. It also has a variety of benefits and uses while being safe for the whole family to use. In this post, we will go over the simple steps to growing german chamomile at home. 

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German Chamomile is a self-seeding annual that will come back each year if it is allowed to go to seed. For this reason, you may decide to let some of your plants go to seed instead of harvesting from all of them once they bloom. 

You can start growing chamomile indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost date. If you don’t want to start your seeds inside, you can wait until after your last frost and sow them directly into your garden.

Simply scatter the chamomile seeds over the area you would like them to grow and keep evenly moist, not sopping wet, while you wait for the seeds to germinate. 

Germination for chamomile seeds is typically between 7-14 days. You do not want to cover the seeds with soil whether you start them indoors or scatter them outside. Just tamp them lightly into the soil and keep them moist. 

If you are wanting to start your seeds indoors, then I suggest reading my seed starting guide in this post. 

Click here to read the seed starting post. 

Once you have seeds that have started to grow, keep your new plants evenly watered. You want the soil to be moist but not too wet while your plants are getting larger and more established. 

Chamomile is actually fairly drought tolerant so you don’t want to overwater them. Once your plants are more established and have several sets of leaves you can back off on the watering and let the soil slightly dry out between waterings. 

Chamomile does not like rich soils. They grow better in poorer soils, which is another reason they are such an easy plant to start growing in your garden. 

If your soil is too poor it will produce limp, unhealthy looking plants and then you can simply just add some general organic garden fertilizer. 

I prefer using the Dr. Earth brand because it is pet and child safe. It is also OMRI listed for use in organic gardening, so you know you are not putting harmful chemicals into your garden. 

Anytime you are going to be growing plants for consumption or herbal use, I recommend using organic gardening practices. The best book on how to start and maintain an organic garden is Eliot Coleman’s, The New Organic Grower

If you started your seeds indoors you will want to wait to plant them outside until after your last frost date. 

Transplanting chamomile into your garden is very easy. There are more detailed instructions on transplanting your little plants from their seed trays in the seed starting post.  

Harvesting Chamomile for Use at Home

You can harvest chamomile as soon as you start to see flowers. Simply cut off the flowers and use them fresh or dry them to use for later. 

If you are wanting to have a year-round supply of chamomile to use for your family then I suggest drying what you grow as well as stocking up as you would with normal grocery items. You can get organic dried chamomile from US Wellness Naturals online here. 

I got over the benefits and uses of chamomile for the whole family in this post here. 

Look up your last frost date here

What herbs are you growing in your garden this year? Let me know in the comments below.

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