Planting & Care
Planting & Growing:
Start Directly in the Garden
Sow seeds as thinly as possible in a well-drained, finely textured garden bed in full sun and cover lightly. Keep evenly moist while awaiting germination. Thin seedlings to 4" apart before they become crowded.
Sow seeds in early spring in a container of seed starting mix. Cover seeds very lightly and keep evenly moist until seedlings emerge. Provide a good light source until seedlings are about 2" tall. Transplant 4" apart after gradually acclimating to outdoor conditions. Don't let seedlings get too big or crowded before planting out.
Harvest & Use: Start chamomile in early spring for sturdy growth before warm weather initiates flowering. Harvest every few days just as the petite daisy-like flowers are fully open, but before the petals dry up. Air dry blossoms indoors in a single layer for several days, then store in a sealed container. Steep in boiling water for a lovely scented tea. Leave a few flowers in the garden to set seed, then shake spent plants and they will often self-sow to bloom next season.