There are a lot of reasons that I absolutely love to grow chamomile. As an extremely easy to grow herb; you can use the flowers for tea, soapmaking, and even as cut flowers for arrangements picked fresh from the garden. Their delicate apple-scented blooms are seriously one of my favorite garden elements.
I also appreciate chamomile for their flexibility. Here in my zone, you can plant chamomile in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. The plants will grow and bloom into the summer, even though it gets hot relatively quickly. However, chamomile really grows best when planted in the fall. Since these plants are very cold tolerant, a fall planting here in my zone (zone 6b/7), doesn’t even require any protection from the cold. This stuff is tough!
To plant german chamomile in the fall, all I’m going to do is work a well-amended and weed free garden bed. Since these seeds are so tiny, I nearly always choose to direct sow them. My first frost usually occurs around mid October, so I like to sow the seed around the end of September. By doing this; the soil is still warm, however, moderate temperatures help the seeds to germinate.
That’s it for this post! I hope that it was helpful! I would love to hear all about your experience growing chamomile down in the comments below!