These small and beautiful flowers are grown in many gardens. It is very easy to grow chamomile in the house, on the balcony or in the garden. These plants are beneficial because they are used for healing.
There are larger varieties that look amazing as well. But each type has its own characteristics for growing and care. Read in detail about a particular variety so that your plants are healthy and nice.
How to Grow Chamomile From Seed
Of course, you can sow seeds outdoors. But experienced gardeners recommend planting seeds in containers and waiting for the seedlings to grow.
Use yogurt containers or plastic cups. It is best to put 2-3 seeds in each hole. Then cover the cell with a thin layer of soil.
If the container is kept in a normal room atmosphere, the sprouts will rise in 10-14 days. When the plant becomes 5 cm, then thin out the seedlings.
This is where you must look at the health of each sprout. Remove weak plants so that it doesn’t take extra energy from the root.
Planting chamomile starts with buying seeds, it looks like it will be easier for when you plant this in the garden.
Key Attributes to Consider for Growing Chamomile
Growing chamomiles is very simple. Adhere to specific grooming requirements and you will enjoy beautiful blooms for several seasons.
These small plants can bloom all year round if it is warm climate.
Take some of the soil with the plants into the house or leave it for the winter. After flowering, they dry up and begin to bloom again in the spring.
If you are using these plants for tea or healing it is best to collect fresh flowers and then dry it. In any case, it would be nice to plant decorative flowers as well.
To save chamomiles healthy, remember the following tips:
- Planting seeds in containers is easy, it is better to transfer them into the ground after 1.5 months;
- The depth of the pits should be about 20 cm so that the plant is more firmly entrenched in the ground. Although here it is better for you to clarify the type of variety, because this affects the depth of the holes and the distance between the plants;
- Chamomiles love regular watering, but the soil shouldn’t be too wet. In cooler weather, you will need to reduce watering;
- Too wet soil can lead to infection. The best solution is soil treatment with solutions with fungicides.
Harvesting and Storage
The best time to harvest is June, July and August. During this period, this plant has a large number of medicinal properties. Pick only flowers without stem or leaves.
Take time to harvest in the morning after the night dew has dried. There are two ways to dry chamomile: in a dryer or naturally.
You can dry it outdoors, but choose an area without direct sunlight. Direct sun will destroy the beneficial essential oils and chamomile will be less beneficial.
Storing chamomile is as simple as using a glass jar with a screw cap. Perfect idea, to use it for tea or tinctures. It is an effective remedy for adding a decoction to baby baths and removing irritation from the delicate skin of babies.
Guys, this photo almost 5 year ago! Wild flowers in Ukraine, in village where my mom lives! Love you all!!!