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How to Grow Chamomile: 5 Tips for Growing Chamomile

Chamomile’s daisy-like flowers are a beautiful and practical addition to your garden. Roman and German chamomile are two common types of this popular herb. Learn the differences between the two types and how to grow chamomile with these five tips. 

Chamomile is a beautiful and practical addition to your garden. Learn how to grow chamomile with these 5 tips.

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5 Tips for How to Grow Chamomile


1. Understand the differences between German and Roman Chamomile

German and Roman chamomile have many similarities but also a few key differences: 

German Chamomile:

How to Grow Chamomile: 5 Tips for Growing Chamomile

Roman Chamomile: 

How to Grow Chamomile: 5 Tips for Growing Chamomile
  • Also called English or Russian chamomile
  • Low-growing mounding perennial (1′ tall)
  • Often used as a ground cover
  • Spreads by rooting stems
  • Foliage is fine and feathery
  • Single flower on each stem

2. Plant chamomile correctly and at the right time.

Chamomile is a beautiful and practical addition to your garden. Learn how to grow chamomile with these 5 tips.
  • German chamomile does best started from transplants. Plant German chamomile after last spring frost date.
  • Roman chamomile does best started from transplants. Plant Roman chamomile when soil temperatures reach 45°F.  
  • Space both types of plants 8 inches – 12 inches apart.
  • If growing from seed, scatter chamomile seeds and lightly cover them with dirt. Keep soil moist until the seeds sprout. Thin to groups of 2 or 3 plants about 8 inches apart.
  • Chamomile grows in full sun, but needs partial shade while roots are getting established. 
  • In the low desert of Arizona:

Start seeds indoors:
AugustJanuary
Plant transplants outside:
OctoberMarch

Chamomile is a beautiful and practical addition to your garden. Learn how to grow chamomile with these 5 tips.

Plant 1-2 chamomile plants per square foot for square foot gardening.

Chamomile is a beautiful and practical addition to your garden. Learn how to grow chamomile with these 5 tips.

Perpetual Flower Planting Calendar for Zone 9B

Flowers to Plant Outside & Seeds to Start Indoors Each Month in the Low Desert of Arizona.
PLANTING GUIDE: Each month lists annual flowers and bulbs to plant outside & seeds to start indoors.
BLOOMING GUIDE: Photos show what may be in bloom that month.


3. Care for chamomile correctly

  • Chamomile needs regular water; do not let the plant dry out. 
  • Keep flowers cut back to encourage more production.
  • Does not require supplemental feeding.
  • Chamomile grows well with most other herbs and vegetables
  • Chamomile reseeds easily

How to grow chamomile in containers:

When growing chamomile from seed in containers, lightly press seeds into the soil but do not cover them with soil. 

Does not need supplemental feeding. 


4. Harvest chamomile often

Chamomile is a beautiful and practical addition to your garden. Learn how to grow chamomile with these 5 tips.
  • Harvest flowers for tea just as the white petals begin to curl.
  • Harvest by removing the heads with a berry picker or pruning snips.
  • Harvest in the morning, so flowers have the highest moisture content. 
  • Dry flower heads in a single layer in a cool, dry place for several days. 
  • Once fully dry, store them in an airtight container (a mason jar is perfect).
  • The flavor is best if used within a year.

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5. Use chamomile in many different ways

Chamomile is best known for making a calming tea. Other uses for chamomile include:

  • Natural hair lightener
  • Rinse for sore or swollen gums
  • Chill used tea bags to help relieve puffy eyes
  • Relief for upset stomach
How to Grow Chamomile: 5 Tips for Growing Chamomile

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Danette

Saturday 10th of February 2024

Can you also freeze dry these? If so, is there anything different you would do as far as prep?

Angela Judd

Tuesday 13th of February 2024

Freeze-drying isn't necessary - they dry so easily after picking. I don't think the texture would change much if they were freeze dried.