Chamomile flowers bloom into little white flowers with yellow centers, looking similar to mini daisies.
The chamomile flowers sit on top of long thin stems that shoot up anywhere from 15 to 60cm long. The German chamomile flowers give off a strong, herbal and sometimes pungent scent. While the Roman chamomile flowers are described as having a sweeter, almost fruity scent.
Chamomile flowers are a great addition to your garden as a companion plant, pest repellent or simply just for their beauty.
Easy To Grow From Seed
- Although not all flowers are easy to grow from seed, chamomile is an exception.
- As well as this, it readily reseeds itself, meaning it will grow back year after year all on its own.
- Chamomile seeds need sunlight to germinate, so insure you spread them close to the surface of your soil
Excellent Companion Plant
- Chamomile is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so it is the perfect plant for companion planting. Plant them around your fruit trees to prevent fungal infections.
- Chamomile is especially beneficial around brassicas (broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc.), onions, beans, and cucumbers.
- Planting chamomile around other herbs like basil, rosemary and mint will increase their oil production, making them more potent.
Chamomile Is A Great Insect Repellent
- In conjunction with being a companion plant, chamomile helps to attract beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden. Hoverflies, beneficial wasps, ladybugs, and honey bees are all attracted to chamomile.
- Chamomile has also been known to deter mosquitoes.
Chamomile Is A Green Mulch And Good For Compost
- Chamomile is high in nutrients and grows large amounts of greenery, making it a great mulch for the surface of your soil.
- Simply cut the plant down at the end of the season and spread it it across the surface as the soil as a natural mulch.
- Due to its high mineral content, compost is a good addition to your compost pile.
Chamomile Tea Can Be Used In The Garden
- Brew chamomile tea and use it in a spray bottle to spray as a natural insecticide for unwanted bugs like aphids, without repelling pollinators such as bees.
How To Use
- Season: Spring
- Germinate 7-10 days
- Depth: Chamomile needs sun to germinate - sow close to the surface of the soil
- Spacing: 15 x 15cm
- Harvest: 8 - 10 weeks
- Height: 30 - 60cm
Flowering Season: Summer
Exposure: Part shade to full sun
Ideal Growing Conditions:
- Chamomile grows best in cool conditions, however can tolerate part shade to full sun conditions.
- Chamomile prefers dry soil and is a drought tolerant plant, needing only to be watered in periods of prolonged drought.
- Avoid using too much fertilizer with your chamomile plants as this will lead to few and weakly flavoured flowers and foliage.
- Chamomile is for the most part unaffected by pests making it a good plant for companion planting, as its strong scent keeps pests away.
1 g seeds = approx. 10000 Chamomile seeds
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