Whether you have acres of farm land or just a small bit of a garden at the backyard, you can grow chamomile with ease.
The flowering plant Chamomile is a part of the daisy family. It grows predominantly in Asia and Europe. Chamomile flowers are extremely useful medicinally. Chamomile tea, chamomile liquid essential oil, and chamomile capsules are used all over the world to treat different ailments such as Eczema, Diarrhea, Crohn�s disease, conjunctivitis, colic, canker sores, insomnia, anxiety, indigestion, peptic ulcer, migraine, etc.
A variety of chamomile called German Chamomile is popularly used for its scent and apple-like taste. Growing chamomile is quite easy as this plant grows in poor clay soil. The growing season for this Chamomile is relatively short - only two months. It can be planted as a late crop or even as an early crop. They can be planted along with other herbs. Chamomile is highly fragrant and can be dried and used.
Growing chamomile requires plenty of sunlight. They must be germinated at soil temperatures of 55 to 65 F where you can see maximum growth in about three weeks. Something else to remember about chamomile is that, when planting the seeds, you should not cover them completely with soil. They actually require adequate light in order to germinate.
If there is a space constraint you can plant chamomile plants in individual pots. At least six seeds can be planted in a single pot. After the seeds sprout, you can transplant them to separate pots. You can even transplant them from the pots straight on to the garden after they germinate.
It is however important to give enough root space between plants to ensure they do not get damaged while transplanting.
Chamomile flowers are very small and grow in abundance. Harvesting chamomile flowers is therefore quite a difficult process. You can use a chamomile rake which combs the plant to collect flowers. This hand held device however should be handled with care as it may even pull out the plants along with the roots.
Flowers can be harvested as soon as they bloom. It is important to remember, as you are growing chamomile, not to cut the foliage before flowers are harvested, as this will result in the reduction of the quantity of flowers.
The best time of the day to harvest chamomile flowers is when they are just opening early in the morning.
Caring for Chamomile
Growing chamomiles can be fun until you find those unwanted aphids and ambrosias destroying them. You can wash off these pests with the help of a jet of water. There are a variety of insecticidal soaps available too for this purpose.
Chamomile can be a pleasure for any gardener. It is easy to grow, and you can use it in many ways.
Commercially growing chamomile is carried out huge farms with many acres of land, where tons of chamomile flowers are extracted to create chamomile essential oils and other products.
But you can grow a small patch of chamomile to enjoy in your yard. Use the flowers straight from your garden for healing flavoring your cup of tea.