Organic German Chamomile

Organic German Chamomile

SKU: HR1057

Matricaria recutita. Organic German Chamomile Seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC petite daisy-like flowers that nod on a low plant. To better harvest the flowers,... Read More

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Matricaria recutita. Organic German Chamomile Seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC petite daisy-like flowers that nod on a low plant. To better harvest the flowers, it is best grown in a bed by itself. German Chamomile prefers cool weather so sow in early spring and again in late summer. Gather flowers before they fully open. Fresh or dried, use them for a soothing tea or in many medicinal preparations. German Chamomile has a tendency to self sow but is easy to control and does not grow aggressively. It is highly attractive to bees, hoverflies, and other beneficial insects. The flowers are edible whole or simply with the petals sprinkled over salads. Our organic German Chamomile seeds can be used in xeriscaping as the plants are quite drought tolerant.

Hardy annual

Quick Facts:

    • Gather flowers before they fully open
    • Use fresh or dried for soothing teas
    • Petite daisy-like flowers nod on a low plant
    • May self sow
    • Certified Organic

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All About Organic German Chamomile

Latin

Latin
Matricaria recutita
Family: Asteraceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Sow from the last frost date through early summer, either indoors or direct where it is to grow. If starting indoors, be sure to harden seedlings off before they are transplanted. Optimal temperature for germination: 19°C (65°F). Bottom heat speeds germination.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Keep moist, and thin or transplant to 10-15cm (4-6″) apart. Seeds should sprout in 10-14 days.

Growing

Growing
Chamomile is a fairly adaptable plant, but does best in full sun in well-drained soil. Water well in dry weather, and deadhead thoroughly to prevent self-sowing. Otherwise, leave half the flowers unharvested and self-sowing is likely.

Harvest

Harvest
Harvest the small, fragrant flowers when they are fully open. Use the petals fresh or dry. The leaves can be gathered in spring to early summer and used fresh or dry.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Chamomile attracts hoverflies and wasps. Plant near onions to improve their flavour.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Chamomile

Step 1: Timing

Sow from the last frost date through early summer, either indoors or direct where it is to grow. If starting indoors, be sure to harden seedlings off before they are transplanted. Optimal temperature for germination: 19°C (65°F). Bottom heat speeds germination.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Keep moist, and thin or transplant to 10-15cm (4-6″) apart. Seeds should sprout in 10-14 days.

Step 3: Growing

Chamomile is a fairly adaptable plant, but does best in full sun in well-drained soil. Water well in dry weather, and deadhead thoroughly to prevent self-sowing. Otherwise, leave half the flowers unharvested and self-sowing is likely.

Step 4: Harvest

Harvest the small, fragrant flowers when they are fully open. Use the petals fresh or dry. The leaves can be gathered in spring to early summer and used fresh or dry.

Tip!

Chamomile attracts hoverflies and wasps. Plant near onions to improve their flavour.

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