Last year was the first year that I grew Chamomile. It is a beautiful herb with delicate little flowers that look like miniature daisies. I had read that it does not do very well in containers. Since I like to grow my herbs in containers, I decided to try it anyway and it was a success.
I used a very large barrel container and added several rocks to the bottom of the container to help with drainage.
Soil – Chamomile requires light, very well-drained soil. I combined Miracle Gro potting soil with fertilizer, sand and just a little of my composted dirt.
Water – Be careful to not over water this herb. However, it does require frequent watering. Just make sure the soil stays moist but doesn’t get soggy.
Sun – It does best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
Fertilizer – I used Miracle-Gro potting soil with six months fertilizer in it. That turned out to be sufficient.
I was happy with the results. It grew so tall that I had to attach it to a trellis. It’s a beautiful plant that makes a charming addition to the greenhouse. Bees, birds and butterflies were attracted to it. It’s aromatic when fresh but has a wonderful and much stronger scent when dried.
I usually hang my herbs to dry but I decided to lay this one flat to dry. The flowers and leaves are so delicate that I was afraid hanging it would cause me to lose a lot of them. I laid it flat on a piece of brown paper bag and it dried well. I store the leaves and flowers in a glass jar to use for aromatherapy.
I also used the dried flowers to make tea. Use German Chamomile to make tea with.
1) Boil at least 8 ounces of water
2) Measure 2 teaspoons of dried flowers
3) Put flowers into a cup
4) Pour boiling water over the flowers
5) Let steep for 3-5 minutes
6) Pour the tea through a strainer to remove the flowers
7) Enjoy your tea
Warning: Be careful if you have never had this tea before. Severe allergic reactions are possible. You should not drink this tea if you are pregnant, on blood thinners or have an allergy to ragweed.