Chamomile Planting and Care Guide

Chamomile Planting and Care Guide

Quick Facts About Chamomile

Chamomile is a lovey addition to any garden, and in addition to its loveliness is the herbal quality - especially for tea. German Chamomile is known for its calming and relaxing qualities, and Roman Chamomile creates lush, flowering ground cover.

Planting Time

Chamomile seeds can be started directly outside in the spring. The seeds can tolerate some cold temperatures, so planting before the last frost is fine. Some recommend a late fall sowing once the ground is cold, but the seeds are very small and can easily get washed away by heavy rains.

Planting Location

Chamomile prefers full sun and rich, moist soil. In hotter climates, partial shade is good.

How to Plant Chamomile

  • Work the garden soil several inches deep
  • Add compost and work it in to improve the soil and add nutrients
  • Sow the Chamomile seeds directly on the surface and press into the soil but do not cover
  • Thin seedlings to 2 - 4 inches apart

Care And Maintenance

  • Chamomile flowers can be harvested and used fresh or dried
  • Leaves can be harvested as well
  • The Chamomile flowers will self-sow, so deadhead and keep them trimmed back if that is not desired