What we love about growing organic chamomile
- Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
- Tall-growing heirloom annual
- Often used in tea for its mellow, clean, and delicately floral notes
- Known for helping with insomnia, anxiety, and digestive upsets
Grow the best organic chamomile in your garden
This daisy-like plant is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes sunflowers, echinacea, and marigolds. Chamomile gets its name from the Greek word chamomaela, which means "ground apple," and refers to the aroma it gives out. Chamomile has a lengthy history, stretching back thousands of years to at least ancient Egyptian times. The well-known plant has a wide range of useful characteristics and applications. This year, try growing organic chamomile in your own herb garden.
Organic chamomile has therapeutic characteristics, and its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and mild astringent properties aid with a variety of common health problems. It's available as a tea, tincture, lotion, pills, or drops.
Sowing organic chamomile seeds
Organic chamomile seeds should be direct-sown in late autumn, after the first killing frost, to allow the seeds to naturally cold stratify. Start seeds inside approximately six weeks before the last frost date for spring planting. The ideal temperature for organic chamomile to germinate is 65°F. Chamomile grows best in full sun, although it may also be grown in moderate shade. Use a well-drained, rich, organic soil.
Sow your seeds directly on the soil's surface. Seeds need direct sunlight to germinate, so don't cover them. Thin out seedlings to one plant every two to four inches until they reach approximately one inch in height. If you're growing organic chamomile inside, make careful to transplant before the first blossoms appear. Once the chamomile bloom has fully opened, harvest it. Organic chamomile flowers can be used fresh or dried, depending on your preference. Late spring to early summer is the best time to collect leaves.
The best companion plants for organic chamomile
Organic chamomile may be highly beneficial in the garden, stimulating development and even healing neighboring plants, in addition to its aesthetic and therapeutic characteristics. Bee balm, phlox, Black Eyed Susan, lungwort, astilbe, bleeding heart, and delphiniums are all great companion plants for organic chamomile.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for organic chamomile seed, see the Chamomile Seeds Planting Guide.