Anthemis (Chamomile) - Expert Tips for Gardening Success
Cultivating Anthemis, or Chamomile, in your garden can be a gratifying endeavor. Here are some expert tips to ensure your Anthemis thrives.
- Sunlight: Anthemis loves the sun. A position where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day is ideal. A bright, sunny spot will encourage plentiful, vibrant blooms.
- Soil: Anthemis is adaptable to various soil types but prefers well-draining soil. The plant isn’t a fan of wet feet, and poor drainage can lead to root rot. If your soil is heavy clay, consider amending with compost or planting in raised beds to improve drainage.
- Watering: While drought-tolerant once established, newly planted Anthemis will appreciate regular watering until they get established. After that, water thoroughly but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
- Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to promote continued blooming throughout the season. At the end of the growing season, cut the plant back to about half its height.
- Fertilization: Anthemis doesn’t require a lot of feeding. A light application of a balanced organic fertilizer in the spring is generally sufficient.
- Pest & Disease Management: Generally, Anthemis is disease and pest resistant. However, in damp conditions, it can suffer from powdery mildew. Proper spacing and good air circulation can help prevent this.
- Propagation: You can propagate Anthemis by dividing the plants in spring or autumn. They can also be grown from seed.
By implementing these tips, your Anthemis (Chamomile) will be a thriving, vibrant addition to your garden, providing a profusion of daisy-like flowers from late spring through summer.