A classic herbal tea ingredient known for its calming properties, German chamomile can be used successfully throughout the kitchen (and the bar) for tinctures, sauces, and even a killer ice cream. Plant outside in early April and start harvesting mature flowers by the Summer Solstice.
Plant it once and you’ll surely be blessed with countless volunteer plants in subsequent springs. Because of its prolific nature, thin out next year’s new seedlings to 6 in. spacing.
- Start Indoors: March 15-April 15, transplant out April 15-June 15; Direct Sow: April 15- June 1
- Planting Depth: Soil Surface-1/4 in.
- Special Instructions: Chamomile seeds are very small thus benefit from not being buried in the soil. Take special care to ensure soil surface does not dry out or your seeds may dry out while germinating.
- Germination Rate: 60%
- For Raised Beds: Space plants out 6 in., leaving 8-12 in. between rows.
- For Containers: Plant with 6 in. spacing in window boxes or bigger. The more space for roots, the more blooms you’ll harvest.