Chamomile is one of the most popular and easily grown herb plants in herb gardening. It is also one of the easiest, if not the easiest plants to start growing from seeds. This article will discuss a bit about chamomile seeds, their purposes, and how to go about planting them in your garden.
First off, what are chamomile seeds? These seeds are actually small, white blossoms that are best planted directly into the garden. While they can be used interchangeably as a tea substitute when making black tea, both plants do have some very similar characteristics. Chamomile seeds are annual and are typically used to grow a lush low ground cover, with fluffy, feathery foliage and tiny, dainty white flowers. The flowers themselves are edible and have a strong pleasant flavor when eaten.
So how do you get started indoors? One way, of course, is to buy seeds and plant them in your garden right from your home. This can work well, if you have a bit of space and can handle a bit of labor and time on the first year. For anyone who is not comfortable with this method, however, chamomile seeds can be started indoors one to two weeks before you intend to plant them in your garden.
The first step in planting chamomile seeds indoors is to pick a location. This is dictated by your personal preference, but many people find a sunny window to be the most ideal place for their blooms. For those with specific needs in terms of where to plant, a nearby garden or the back yard are good choices. Once the location is decided on, the next step is to choose the size of pot that will hold the desired number of blooms, as well as the type of container or planting mix. Most perennials like the ease-of-maintaining and storage qualities of pots, but others like to try different container types.
Most seed packages are sold in either plastic bags or individual-seal polythene bags. Most people opt for the latter, because of the convenience and durability of these materials. With the proper preparation, however, you can sow seeds into the soil almost immediately and then just let the plants go to bloom. This is especially helpful if you are growing a disease-resistant plant, and if you are interested in using a non-traditional planting method such as a lawn substitute. If the plants are allowed to go to bloom, they will re-flower the following year, allowing you to continue re-sowing them as needed.
Most gardeners prefer to buy the German chamomile seeds indoors so that they can start planting right away and to avoid having to wait for the flowers to appear on the outdoor garden. The white petals are usually the hardest to get to first, but after that they are fairly easy to reach with a spade. Many gardeners have also found that sowing a variety of flowers at once is an excellent way to fill out the garden in a quick and inexpensive way. In this case, it’s often best to keep all of the white flowers indoors.
Other types of seeds are usually quite attractive and come in attractive colors and styles. Since these chamomile-type flowers come in a wide array of colors, many gardeners like to have more than one color of flower in their garden at any given time. Some people even plant daisies alongside other types of annuals or perennials, creating a colorful and attractive display.
Before planting any seed at all, you should test the soil and make sure that it is ready to receive plant life. Adding compost to the soil will help to break it up a bit, but be careful not to add too much or else the quality of the soil will suffer. If you do purchase seeds, be sure that you follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t end up with poor quality plants or bushes. Many gardens sell both the German variety as well as the white chamomile-scented varieties, allowing you to mix and match in your garden without any problems at all.