(Matricaria recutita) Annual. German Chamomile boasts an abundance of small, beautiful flowers that look great as a border and have medicinal uses as well. Chamomile flowers can be used dried or fresh for a soothing and delicious tea.
German Chamomile grows on bushy plants about 22” tall and 12” wide. Thin branches of fine green leaves develop profuse tiny ¾” white and yellow daisy-like flowers. Great for attracting beneficial insects and pollinators.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|65||1/8"||7-14||4-6”||12-18"||Partial to Full|
Sow outdoors 4-6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Start indoors 8-10 weeks before average last frost.
Chamomile seeds need light to sprout, so just sprinkle a few seeds in each pot right on the surface of your potting soil.
Chamomile will readily reseed itself. Let some of the blossoms go to seed rather than picking them all for another crop next year.
Pick flowers when fully opened, and dry on a screen in a cool, dark well-ventilated area or hang plants upside down to dry. For tea, use approximately 1 teaspoon of dried flowers or 2 teaspoons of fresh flowers per cup.