Without doubt, chamomile is one of the most amazing herbs in the world. Its dainty and daisy-like blooms and its healing properties make it an amazing herb for any home.
But, you needn’t have a vast garden to grow it at home; you just need a pot or another container.
You can then use it to brew delicious and healing tea. It will make your patios, balconies, and other rooms look amazing too.
Let’s check out how to easily and successfully plant and grow chamomile in pots.
Which Are the Best Chamomile Types?
Roman chamomile-this variety originates from the west of Europe and it’s characterized by a cluster of thick and green leaves. Medically, it’s popular for treatment of GI disorders and skin inflammation.
German chamomile-this is a variety that grows naturally in Western Asia, North America, and Europe. It’s often used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Egyptian chamomile- this is a variety that grows in Egypt and features yellow flowers and a sweet and floral taste.
When you’ve chosen a variety, buy the seeds online or from a nursery. Sow them into the pots. They will need around a week or two to germinate.
For optimal results, plant them 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last chance for frost.
Another way is to grow it from cuttings. Make sure they’re 4 to 5 inches long and remove the leaves from the lower half.
Dip them in rooting hormone and plant them into the soil. Keep it moist and expect the cuttings to develop in 5 to 6 weeks.
What Kind of Pot to Opt for?
The first rule is to choose a pot with drainage holes at the bottom. This should be a pot that’s 10 to 12 inches deep and wide.
Place the plant where it’s exposed to full sun, but if you live in very warm climates, even partial shade will do well.
Indoors, this will ideally be a window on the south or any other well lit window.
Feel free to place it on a rooftop, on the porch or on the balcony.
What Type of Soil Is Best for Chamomile?
Add soil that drains well and rich in sand and loamy. Make sure you also add aged compost in case the soil lacks nutrients.
When to Water Chamomile?
The soil of chamomile should always be kept moist, but it should never be soggy-this can cause root rot and eventually death of the plant.
If you’re growing it indoors, ensure the top of the soil is an inch dry before you water it.
The Best Part: Harvesting Your Chamomile
With the plant continuing growing in summer, harvest the flowers on the daily. It’s best to do it in early morning when the sun is high and dew has disappeared. Cut the flower below the head.
Keep them in a dark area and spread them on a flat surface to dry. You can also use a dehydrator or a small fan if you need to speed up the process.
When the flowers have gone dry, store them in a glass jar. Keep it in cool and dark area.
Use them to make chamomile tea!