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Comment by Fionna Hill on March 10, 2010 at 11:59am
Dill leaves for drying should be harvested before flowering but they dry down to a miniscule amount so a large number of plants are needed to make drying worthwhile. Seeds should be allowed to ripen on the plant and then shaken out for drying.
Tarragon - I cant get enough to grow to eat let alone to dry!
Comment by Kali on March 10, 2010 at 11:36am
I'd like to know some ways of preserving tarragon and dill before they die off in winter

Lyn hi there, i took a couple of cuttings of my lemon verbena early in the summer and they have little leaves and roots yay1 I could send you a couple of cuttings to try but I think the best time is past as i was told to do it in spring/summer. I don't need calendula though, it self seeds here quite happily but if you can recommend some potions to make with it that would be good.
Comment by Lyn on March 9, 2010 at 9:25pm
Hi everyone i am new to the group and training on the subject of herbalism. I f anyone could supply me with a lemon verbena cutting I would gladly swap some calendula seeds in return. Many thanks.
Comment by marjolijn vos on February 6, 2010 at 3:31pm
I bought some german chamomile seeds from kings plant barn. They're from
Koanga gardens. Might give it a go still.
Comment by Silja Baer on February 5, 2010 at 5:40pm
Hi Ariane and Earl,
I have German Chamomile seeds and have grown plants from those seeds easily (happy to share). I don't think you will be able to get much of a plant this season anymore and don't really think that splitting roots will help. German Chamomile is an annual and dies down BUT it is happily self seeding and once you have it it will come back the next year. All in all an easy to grow plant and the tea tastes good.

Cheers Silja
Comment by Ariane Craig Smith on February 1, 2010 at 3:31pm
Hey thanks folks for all the chamomile advice! I have come to the conclusion that I will have to hunt out another plant - probably the german variety - thanks for the offer of seeds Lynn. I'm in Auckland so it might just be easier for me to get a whole new plant! It seems a shame to sacrifice the plant but maybe the only thing to do. Whether it is a mis-labelled pyrethrum or just an unpleasant culitivar, I don't want this one re-seeding!
Comment by Fionna Hill on February 1, 2010 at 1:10pm
It looks as though you can make tea from the Russian one too according to Kings Seeds.

Chamomile Roman
Botanical Name: Chamaemelum nobile
A traditional ground cover in English gardens since before Tudor times. When cut like grass it gives off a delightful fragrance. The low growing airy stems have yellow-white florets borne singly on long stems from mid-summer to mid-autumn. Can also be used as herb tea or hair rinse like the German variety. Best sown in trays or plug trays and transplanted out when it reaching 2-4 true leaf stage. Space at up to 20 plants or clumps per square metre. Use hedge clippers, weed eaters or lawn mowers on high to maintain shape and height.

Perennial; 18-24 degrees; 10-14 days; 30cm height; 15cm apart; 1.2; Transplant; 2000 seeds; Medicinal.
Comment by Fionna Hill on February 1, 2010 at 1:07pm
I know nothing about camomile buttThis is the entry from the Kings Seeds web catalogue.

Chamomile German
Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla or Matricaria recutita
An upright annual, not a ground cover, like the Roman variety Chamaemelum nobile. Chamomile tea made from the flowers of this variety is very popular in Europe as an aid to digestion. Also used as a hair rinse for lightening hair colour.

Annual; 18-24 degrees; 10-14 days; 30cm height; 15cm apart; 1.2; Transplant; 1000 seeds; Medicinal.
Comment by Earl Mardle on February 1, 2010 at 11:46am
Ariane. You may have struick the same problem I had a while back.

I have a couple of great Chamomile plants and I thought they had seeded and produced all sorts of offspring.

I planted them up and was delighted to see that they had produced hundreds of big fat flowers which I eventually used in a tea that was vile.

I concluded that either
1. it had crossed with the pyrethrum plant which looks very similar or
2. It WAS a pyrethrum.

Maybe Kings had the same problem, either at the seed collection stage or, more probably, the labelling stage, they DO look very similar.

I'm hoping to get some new seeds this year and will label them carefully, but I'd also like to try splitting the root and replanting, at least that way I'd know what I was getting. Any advice folks?
Comment by Lynn on January 31, 2010 at 7:03pm
Awww, I can imagine! Roman chamomile is the lawn chamomile...and I have never tasted tea from those flowers, so I can't say what you should expect, Ariane. I wonder if anyone else knows.

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