How To Grow Chamomile

 

 

Chamomile is an herb with a beautiful daisy like flower. Chamomile can be grown for it's beauty as well as for making herb tea which is delicious and also has medicinal qualities.

There are 2 kinds of chamomile. German Chamomile is an annual that grows to about 2-3 feet tall, while the Roman Chamomile is a perennial that grows to be about 4-12 inches tall and can be used as a ground cover.

If starting chamomile from seeds the seeds should be broadcast on the soil but not covered. Keep moist until germination.

If starting in small containers let the plants grow until big enough to transplant.

If starting with chamomile plants, plant them in the garden only after the last frost.

Once started in a garden chamomile will reseed itself every year.

When planting seedlings plant them about 6 inches apart for a ground cover, or 18 inches apart for decorative plants. Make sure they are planted far enough apart for good air circulation as chamomile is susceptible to mildew.

The garden site should receive full sun and have well-drained soil. Add compost or a light general fertilizer.

To keep soil evenly moist place mulch around the plants.

Deadhead often to promote constant blooms.

Chamomile makes a good plant to place between stepping stones.

Chamomile will grow in almost any growing condition but does not like temperatures over 100 degrees F. on a regular basis.

Cut the flowers off as they open to use immediately or to dry for winter teas.

In order to prevent woodiness, cut the plant down in the fall and cover with mulch to protect from cold winter temperatures.

Chamomile has been used to treat stomach aches, and is believed to improve the immune system thus warding off colds and flu. Its an excellent sedative so can be drank before bedtime to aid insomnia.

Scientific studies show that chamomile has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and disinfectant qualities. Research also shows that chamomile is excellent as a blood thinner so can help to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Because of this quality, patients taking coumadin, or it's generic version warfarin, should be very cautious about combining the herb with their medications.

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