Chamomile, Bodegold (Organic)
Bodegold is an improved German variety of chamomile with higher essential oil content, high yields, large flowers, and more uniform habit. The truly special trait of this variety is its delicious, sweet aroma that is significantly sweeter than other chamomile varieties. White petaled flowers have fragrant yellow centers. Chamomile is commonly used as a calming herbal tea and is said to stimulate the immune system. Flowers are ready to pick and dry any time, even after the petals have fallen off. Very attractive to pollinators. This is one of our favorite tea herbs. It should be in every garden. The compact plants grow 1-2′ and seeds are best direct sown, scattered on the soil surface. Strangely, chamomile seems to grow better in poor quality soil.
Scatter seeds on soil surface, or in greenhouse flats up to 6 weeks before last frost. Transplant or thin to 12” in all directions. Germination in 10 – 14 days. Seeds need light to germinate, and plants prefer full sun. Flowers are ready to pick & dry when petals have fallen off. Annual.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.