Also know as common chamomile, this feathery-leaved plant is best known for its apple-like flavor and fragrance. German Chamomile is used in teas and medicinally as a sedative, nerve tonic, and skin cleanser. It has remarkable properties as a companion plant in making compost due to its affinity with calcium.
Germination: 10-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface, seeds need light to germinate.
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant into the garden after the last frost, 8-12” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost, very small seeds- sow seeds lightly in a prepared area, thin to 8-12” apart. Tip-Transplant the seedlings that are thinned out into other places in the garden.
Growth Habit: Upright mounds
Height and Width: 15-20” x 24”
Spacing: 8-12” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: German Chamomile tolerates poor soil but grows best in average to fertile and well-drained soil
Flowering: 60-70 days
Harvest: When flowers are in full bloom. Use fresh or dried. Dry flowers on a screen in a dark and dry well-ventilated space
Uses: Culinary, tea, medicinal, flowers attracts bees and beneficial insects.
Care: Avoid overwatering or waterlogged soil. Amend the planting area with compost before sowing or transplanting.
Tips: Self-seeds. Pruning back after flowering keeps the plant looking tidy plus it helps it rebloom again. Grows well in containers