Chamomile 

German Chamomile is used to make tea, originating from southern and eastern Europe. She has a characteristic scent of apple and pineapple. Hippocrates and Galen spread information about the medicinal properties of Chamomile, and it is still a popular and effective herbal remedy. Chamomile gives a feeling of relаxation and drowsiness, making it a great remedy for insomnia and anxiety. It has excellent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes chamomile-based preparations beneficial for the skin. Used for stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome

How to grow Chamomile from seeds:

  • Sowing: You can start growing the chamomile inside. Plant the seeds 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost, replanting outside after the last frost. The best place for chamomile is full sun, partial shade on sandy or well-drained soil. For direct seeding, plant seeds 1/4" deep in rows 18" apart, thinning to 6-8" as they emerge. Seeds germinate within 1-2 weeks. Germаn chamomile grows well as a container plant.
  • Plant Spacing: 8-12″.
  • Growing of Chamomile: A cool temperature is suitable for chamomile and can tolerate slight frosts. In the early stages of growth, the soil should be moist without weeds.
  • Chamomile Soil Requirements for: Slightly acidic, dry, and well-drained.
  • Chamomile Seeds Days to Germination: 7-14 days.
  • Light Preference of Chamomile: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Life Cycle of Chamomile: Annual.
  • How and When to Harvest Chamomile: Collect chamomile flowers as needed. Collect chamomile flower heads in the morning; as soon as they open, then they have the most persistent scent. Dry the flowers for 2 weeks in a very dry, warm place out of direct sunlight. Store flower heads in an airtight container.
  • Chamomile Days to Maturity: up to 90 days
  • Chamomile's Seed Saving: Chamomile self-sowing easily, but you can also harvest seeds. Pull off the flower heads when they are dry on the stem. Then lay them out and dry. Thresh the heads of cabbage to remove seeds and store in a cool dry place for 3-4 years.

FAST FACTS:

  • Common Names: Italian Chamomilla, Hungarian Chamomile, Kamilla, Wild Chamomile, or Scented Mayweed
  • Latin Name: Matricaria recutita
  • Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Seeds per Ounce: 50,000
  • Planting Method: From Transplant
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Height: 24 Inches
  • Color: Green, White
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer
  • Uses: Aromatic

 

 

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