Cultivation

How the plants form a lawn

Morehavens supply individual mature chamomile (camomile) plants. These plants are small rosettes which grow to form cushions as the original plants divide by sending out side shoots which root themselves and spread to form a green sward. The plants can grow to a height of 10cm but are usually lower as walking presses them down.

As the Treneague and Dwarf varieties of lawn chamomile do not flower, these varieties cannot be grown from seed, but are instead propagated through division. [Chamomile lawns grown from seed will result in a taller, flowering chamomile lawn which will require cutting during the summer months to maintain a low sward].

Soil Conditions

As it is a herb, chamomile needs a sunny situation. It grows best in light, well drained, neutral, or slightly acid soil, which is at least 10cm (4”) deep. It does well in clay soils, provided that the drainage and aeration are improved by adding sharp sand or grit and some organic matter. A fairly fertile soil is needed – though too much fertilizer may make the chamomile shoots grow too long to root easily but, on the other hand, too little can stunt growth. Sieved soil or compost placed carefully around the plants in spring or autumn will help to cover any shoots that have not yet rooted.

Planting

All of our plants are grown in the UK. We supply chamomile plants in packs of 25, 50 or 100 from early April to late August. As a guide to the number of plants needed to cover the required area – 50 plants will cover 1 sq meter if they are placed 15cm (6”) apart. We advise that the patch is prepared and all weeds, especially perennials such as clover, couch grass or bindweed, are removed before ordering, particularly if a large area is to be planted with several hundred plants. Please note that chamomile should not be mixed with grass, as grass is invasive and will eventually replace the chamomile.

The plants take about two weeks to establish and then growth will begin. The time for complete cover depends on soil and season and the spacing of original plants. If planted at 15cm spacings, a complete cover can be achieved within the growing season. Planting more closely is, of course, quite acceptable and a lawn will be created more quickly. Many customers plant late in the season but a complete lawn may not grow until the following year.

Dwarf chamomile being planted

School girl planting chamomile

Planting bare root chamomile plugs

A newly planted lawn.

Newly planted chamomile lawn

Our plants are grown in the open
and are fully hardy, so they can be
planted directly into the ground.

Planting a chamomile lawn

After 3 to 4 weeks, the plants have
established and begun to spread.

Establishing chamomile plants

A few weeks later and the plants are
filling the gaps

Newly planted chamomile path

By the end of the season a lawn or a
path is complete.

Established chamomile path