How to Grow Chamomile Indoors

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How to Grow Chamomile Indoors

Knowing how to grow chamomile indoors is a great skill for aspiring gardeners. This friendly little member of the daisy (Asteraceae) family is super easy to grow. Read on to learn how to start cultivating it today!

Materials You’ll Need

A Container

Select a pot that’s wider than it is tall, which will allow your plants to spread out happily. Make sure it has drainage holes on the bottom.

A Handful of Clean Rocks or Large Gravel

These will provide drainage at the bottom of the container. You can either buy stones at a nursery/greenhouse, or gather them from your garden. Just make sure to wash them in soapy water before using them.

Potting Soil

This herb needs well-draining, slightly sandy soil. As a result, choose a container-specific potting soil mix like this one with perlite and sand mixed into it. Alternatively, you can use potting soil made specifically for succulents.

Chamomile Seeds

There are two types of chamomile you can grow: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), and German (Matricaria chamomilla). Choose Roman chamomile seeds to grow indoors, as this plant spreads out horizontally rather than growing tall.

Related Article: What does Chamomile Tea Taste Like?

A Watering Can

It’s always better to have a small watering can for indoor plants. It’ll allow you to add a bit of water right where it’s needed.

Spray Bottle

This is for adding just a bit of moisture, rather than a full watering.

How to Grow Chamomile Indoors Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare Your Container

Wash your planting pot thoroughly and let it dry.

Step 2: Add Rocks

Take your nice, clean stones or heavy gravel and add them into the bottom of your container. Make this a layer about 1″ deep.

Step 3: Pour the Potting Soil

Add enough soil to the container that it’s filled to almost 1″ from the top.

Step 4: Add Water

Fill the watering can with room temperature water and moisten the soil thoroughly.

Step 5: Sow the Seeds

Sprinkle some chamomile seeds on top of the soil’s surface. These seeds are tiny, so just take a pinch of them and try to space them apart a bit as they fall. You don’t need to cover them with soil: chamomile needs light to germinate.

Step 6: Water Lightly

Use your spray bottle to mist the seeds lightly, just to add a bit of extra moisture.

Step 7: Give it a Sunny Home

Chamomile needs about four to six hours of sunshine a day. Place your container on a sunny windowsill or countertop to help the seeds germinate.

Chamomile Care Tips

Thin the Plants as Needed

Since you’re planting several seeds in your container, some will inevitably grow bigger and stronger than others. Leave the large ones in place, and remove the thinner, weaker ones. You can either discard these, or transplant them to other containers to give them a chance.

Feed Your Plants Once a Month

Get a container of slow-release fertilizer and give your chamomile a bit of that every 30 days or so. You might want to program reminders into your calendar so you feed them around the same time every month.

Wrap Up

If you’re learning how to grow chamomile indoors for tea, that’s wonderful! You can enjoy it fresh, or harvest and dry it to brew later.

To try your chamomile flowers, use clean scissors to snip the blossoms free. Make sure their stems are removed, and then spread them out on a screen in an electric food dehydrator. Run it at its lowest setting possible for six hours, or until the blooms are dry. You’ll know they’re ready if they crumble between your fingers.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a food hydrator, you can use a standard oven. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and scatter the flowers on top. Put them in the oven at 150F for a few hours, turning them often with a spatula so they don’t scorch.

Additional Notes

Chamomile has several beneficial medicinal properties. In addition to its sedative (calming) effects, it’s also carminative, which means that it helps to prevent and/or alleviate gas pain. It has mild analgesic (painkilling) properties, as well.

Just make sure that you speak with your healthcare practitioner before taking chamomile therapeutically. It’s not recommended for pregnant women, as it may trigger miscarriage. Additionally, it may interfere with certain medications, such as anti-coagulant drugs (blood thinners).