Someone who drinks tea frequently will recognize the name of the chamomile, as it is often used to flavor that drink. If you fancy sipping herbal tea, growing herbs like this one might be something you will enjoy.
After assembling the usual materials needed for growing herbs (shovel, gloves, and the potting soil), you can begin planting the chamomile. The best way for beginners to go about this task is to buy the said plants that have yet to flower. This is crucial so that you will be able to make them work on the roots instead of the flowers.
As you begin growing herbs, sunlight will play a critical role. Chamomile needs the full energy of the sun, so pick a spot where they can be exposed to it fully. The soil needed here will be of the medium type richness, but as always, the need for draining will be essential. Do not forget to add in decomposing material, especially the compost and mulch. When you water the soil, make sure that the dampness is spread out evenly.
For growing herbs with the properties of chamomile, space distribution will be a key. Half a foot of space per seed is recommended for those who want a carpet like appearance. But if you are going to plant the chamomile in the garden, the space needs to be at least 18 inches.
The reason you want to give it some space is because each one can spread up to about two feet. Appearing in yellow and white, they can bring an added dimension of beauty to your garden. These flowers, incidentally, are the ones used in tea. But if you are growing herbs for decoration, you will still want to trim on occasion to encourage the flowers to grow some more.
The chamomile, like other growing herbs of this kind, will produce flowers upon blooming. You can help it produce even more by cutting the faded ones, and also by using fertilizers every four weeks.
Keep in mind that chamomile comes in two basic types, the annual (German chamomile) and the perennial (Roman chamomile). Whichever type you choose is up to you, but the way of growing and cultivating them are almost the same generally.
Even if you do not drink tea, growing herbs like the chamomile can help beautify your garden, indoor or outdoor, so if you want to give herbal gardening a try, this is where you can get started.
Originally posted 2009-07-14 15:57:28.