Grow a garden filled with German Chamomile, from freshly harvested Matricaria recutita seeds. German Chamomile, also known as Common Chamomile, is a fragrant herb that releases a sweet scent in the garden. Its flowers are white, while its centers are golden yellow. German Chamomile blooms through the summer months, when the temperatures are warm. Each plant grows to a mature height of roughly 12 to 20 inches tall, making them taller than its relative, Roman Chamomile.
The sweet scent of German Chamomile is known to attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds as well. They are popularly grown in flower beds, along borders, in pots & containers and in insectaries and butterfly gardens as well. The one inch flower heads are popularly used in many herbal teas and can also be enjoyed as a decorative, edible addition to salads as well.
Categorized as an annual flowering herb, German Chamomile will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds. They will flower through the warm, summer months, later wilting with the first killing frost. The plants can regrow the following year if its seeds fall to the bare ground beneath. You can also collect the seeds from spent flower heads, at the end of the growing season.
- Type: Herb
- Season: Perennial
- Heirloom: Yes
- Color: White Blooms
- Height: 12" to 20" Tall
- Width: 9" to 12" Spread
- Harvest: 60 to 65 Days
- Uses: Medicinal
- Environment: Full sun
Sowing The Seed
German Chamomile can be established indoors, or directly outdoors, however we recommend starting Chamomile indoors due to the size of its seeds. Sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, scattering the small seeds to the surface of the soil. The seeds require direct light to properly germinate, so we recommend that you do not cover the seeds with any topsoil. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm, and all danger of frost has passed.
Chamomile plants thrive in warm temperatures of at least 70F to 75F and prefer an area of full sunlight. The sowing medium should be average to loamy, but also well drained. To increase your drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas that consist of hard, compact soil. Provide the seeds with moisture each day, by spraying them with a spray bottle or mist setting, until germination has successfully occurred.
Germination & Growth
Chamomile seeds can typically take anywhere between 7 to 14 days to properly germinate. The plants will grow to a height of roughly 12 to 20 inches tall, and can spread to a width of about 9 to 12 inches wide. Each plant can be spaced 8 to 12 inches apart from one another. They can also be placed in pots & containers to isolate them.