Camomille Chamomile Manzanilla Kamille
Soil :Light, well-drained garden soil
Position : full sun
Frost tolerant : yes
Helps: Most herbs, brassicas, cucumber, wheat, onion, cabbage
Attracts: Hoverflies, wasps
Sow and Plant :To direct-sow, start the seeds in early spring or late in the summer. The seeds can germinate when exposed to temperatures as low as 8°C (45°F) and the seedlings can tolerate light frost. Because it can be difficult to keep the outdoor seeds moist to trigger germination, starting them indoors about four weeks before the last spring frost date might be preferred.
Scatter the small seeds over the soil surface and lightly tamp them down with the flat side of a spade or garden hoe. Avoid covering them with soil, because they need sunlight to germinate.
Indoors, start the seeds in a seed-starting tray that’s filled up to one-half inch from the top with moist seed-starting mix. Surface-sow the seeds and place the tray in a sunny window.
Germination: 7-10 days
Spacing :20cm. (8in)
Harvesting :8 weeks. Pick the flowers when in full bloom: pick on a dry day, early in the morning.
Dry in a suitable position, such as an airing cupboard, where the light is excluded and the temperature is even.
Turn and shake regularly. Chamomile should be dry in around four days – It will feel crisp and resilient. Store in a dark airtight jar.
Time to harvest: days
Notes : Growing near herbs will increase their oil production.
Some growers use cold camomile tea as a spray to prevent damping-off of seedlings. It is especially useful to gardeners that practice organic principles.
Chamomile accumulates calcium, potassium and sulfur, later returning them to the soil.