Chamomile, Zloty Lan (Organic)
A unique Polish tetraploid variety. Tetraploid plants naturally have more cell chromosomes which usually results in larger and more vigorous plants. Zloty Lan is certainly bigger and higher yielding with a strong, tall growth habit. We find it has a wonderful aroma that is somewhat less sweet than Bodegold. The dried flowers steeped in hot water for less then a few minutes make a soothing and calming tea for relaxing the mind and body. When steeped longer than a few minutes however it may become stimulating and enlivening for some. Chamomile is an easy tea herb to grow at home and is one of the key herbs used in biodynamic compost preparations. Bred in Poland for commercial production and high essential oil content, reported to be between 0.8-1.5% of which 4-12% is bisabolol and 15-20% chamazulene. The compounds in chamomile have been extensively studied for their health effects, many of which are antiinflammatory and anti-cancerous.
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.