Growing Roman Chamomile  

Roman chamomile, botanically named as Chamaemelum nobile, is a perpetual herb, which grows persistently throughout the year. It attains a maximum height of four to twelve inches and is can be used efficiently as a ground cover. Its aromatic flowers and feathery leaves make it looks similar to daisies in the overall appearance.

Roman and German chamomiles are the only two varieties that are known till date to possess beneficial health benefits. Roman chamomile is more predominantly found in warm, temperate zone across the world. However, it is a native of West Europe and is grown and processed throughout continental Europe in large quantities each year.

For optimal growth of roman chamomile, it is necessary to ensure that the soil is moderately fertile, slightly acidic, and well-drained. Ideally, soil pH should fall in the range of 5.5 to 8. Any pH below 5.5 or above 8 cannot be tolerated by the herb. When growing Roman Chamomile, also make sure that the climate is not very hot and persistently warm and dry throughout the year. It thrives best in sunny and open areas, but can grow quite well even in light shade.

To grow roman chamomile, its seeds must be sown ideally during the spring season in a well-irrigated garden. Sow stocked seeds in plots with a depth of 6 mm – 0.25 inch. Water the soil regularly to keep it moist and also protect it from weeds. The seeds typically germinate within 5-10 days, after which you can see small seedlings emerge out of the soil. Once they are grown, runners can be separated and replanted for further propagation of the herb.

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Growing Roman Chamomile




How-To-Dry-Chamomile      Chamomile, a medicinal herb known worldwide for its remarkable medicinal properties, has been in popular use by adults and children alike for more than a thousand years. It is thought to be highly effective in curing various ailments, like an upset stomach, skin rashes, sleeplessness, joint pain, menstrual cramps, and nervous depression. However, research is still going on in various parts of the world to prove these chamomile benefits scientifically. However, chamomile flowers are dried and crushed for use in capsules, mouth washes, ointments, and tea. In fact, you can save a lot of money by growing and drying chamomile in your own backyard if you live in a Mediterranean or tropical country. More..




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