Chamomile 3 x 9cm Organic Herb Plug Plants
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Known for it’s refreshing and calming tea, the daisy-like chamomile is a beautiful plant to have in your garden, but also a fantastic addition to your store cupboard. The sweet tea made of from the flowers of the chamomile has a silky texture with background hints of honey and apple. It is a wonderful and complex flavour that also works really well in ice creams and cakes. If you want to really wow your dinner guests, then add some of it to mushroom risotto to lift the dish.
How to grow Chamomile at home
You should plant your chamomile plug plants in the spring. Choose a well-draining soil that receives partial shade throughout the day. Chamomile is an easy to look after plant that requires very little care one established. This drought tolerant herb requires very little water and should only be watered when the soil is completely dry and only then to keep the soil slightly damp. You should also avoid adding any fertilizer to your plant as will prompt the plant to grow more foliage that you cannot use instead of the flowers you need to cook with.
How do you harvest Chamomile?
One a chamomile plant has produced flowers that open with completely flat petals it can be harvested for use in the kitchen. If the petals are still curled around the centre of the plant you will find it has a strong, bitter and earthy taste. To harvest, simply remove the flowers you need a little bit before you want to use them. For year-round chamomile, and an easier cooking experience, leave your chamomile leaves out to dry and leave them in a sealed jar. By doing this you can use them exactly like normal tea leaves.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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