Plant Care Chamomile

Chamomile

About Chamomile

Roman chamomile is a low growing perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family native to Europe and western Asia. It needs 2-4 inches of space when planting to allow it to grow to its greatest potential. It blooms in the summer and can even bloom into the fall.

Taxonomy

Chamaemelum nobile
Chamaemelum
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

Chamomile, Camomile, Anthemis nobilis, Roman chamomile, English chamomile, Garden chamomile, Ground apple, Low chamomile, Mother's daisy, Whig plant and Chamaemelum nobile roman

How to care for Chamomile

💦 Water

How often to water your Chamomile

Water needs for Chamomile
0.5 cups
every 9

Chamomile needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chamomile

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chamomile in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chamomile: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chamomile love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chamomile does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chamomile in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chamomile

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chamomile: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chamomile after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chamomile is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Chamomile →

Common Chamomile Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Chamomile prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chamomile Water Frequency →

Chamomile Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chamomile requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chamomile Light Requirements →

Chamomile Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chamomile is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Chamomile does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Chamomile →

When and How to Successfully Repot Chamomile →


💩 Fertilizer

Chamomile is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chamomile grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Chamomile →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chamomile can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chamomile Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Chamomile can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chamomile

Chamomile

Chamomile


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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