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How to Plant Chamomile

Chamomile plants can be an attractive scented alternative to grass. Learn how to make it work for your lawn with this step-by-step gardening guide.

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Non Flowering Chamomile Often Used as Groundcover

Chamomile is a low-growing, creeping perennial that creates a rich tapestry of deep green foliage when closely planted. It releases a delicate aroma when walked on. These lawns are easy to create, and their fast-growing habit means that they establish quickly. Any variety of chamomile can be used in a lawn, but the best is non-flowering 'Treneague'. Keep in mind that chamomile lawns are not as resilient as grass and should only be walked on occasionally.

Materials needed:

chamomile plants
horticultural grit or sharp sand
watering can or garden hose

Prepare the ground thoroughly.

Add horticultural grit or sharp sand if it is heavy or badly drained, and clear all weeds. Divide the chamomile plants into segments, ensuring that each part has plenty of root.

Divide Chamomile Plants Into Segments with Roots

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Give the plants room.

Chamomile has a fast-growing, creeping habit, so be sure that the plants have space to spread. Lay them out, positioning them about 4 to 6 inches apart. Plant the chamomile, and then firm in well with your fingertips.

Chamomile has Fast Growing Creeping Habit

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After planting, give the chamomile a good watering.

Regularly water the plants throughout the summer months to prevent them from drying out. Do not walk on the lawn for about three months to give it time to establish.

Give Chamomile Lots of Water After Transplanting

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Consider alternative plants.

Thyme is an alternative to chamomile and has a similar low-growing habit with aromatic foliage, which releases a wonderful scent when walked on. Its attractive pink flowers are popular with bees and butterflies. The plants need light pruning in late summer.

Thyme has Low Growing Habit with Fragrant Blooms

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