If you're reading this, chances are you found one of our Grow Your Own Chamomile Starter Packs inside your Authentic House Subscription Box. We hope you're happy with it!
There are basic instructions on the back of the seed packet, but we thought we'd add more detailed instructions here for your too. So...
Starting The Plants Off
The first thing you need to do is to remove your Jiffy 7C Pellets from the string and drop them into lukewarm water for a couple of minutes.
Once you've done this give them a gentle squeeze to remove any excess water and to aerate them a little. You should have a good surface area of compost at the top of the pellet, but if the white membrane is still covering a bit you can tease this back a little.
Put the pellets to one side and open your packet of Chamomile seeds. There are several ways to sow them, but the easiest is to dip your finger into the envelope so a few of the seeds stick to the tip - you're aiming for a dozen or so.
Press your finger into the top of one of the Jiffy 7C Pellets so the seeds stick to the top. DON'T COVER THE SEED, this is important as light aids germination!
Repeat with the other 2 Jiffy 7C Pellets and then place all 3 pellets into your Coir Pot, and then place on a sunny windowsill.
The seeds should germinate in about a week
Caring for Your Seedlings
Once the seedlings have emerged keep a close eye on them.
You want a maximum of about 3 seedlings per Jiffy 7C Pellet, so pull out any of the weaker ones.
Keep the pellets moist but not too wet. In small quantities like this the easiest way to water is to take each pellet out and dip the bottom half into a bowl of water for a few seconds - they absorb water very quickly.
After 2-4 weeks (depending on when you sown them) when the seedlings are more established thin to the strongest one per pellet.
Once the seedlings are really getting going you'll notice the roots growing through the white membrane - this is the time to pot them on.
If you're only interested in growing one plant, pick the strongest seedling and grow this on in your Coir pot. Just half fill the pot with compost, pop the plant in then top up the compost .