Chamomile Growing in Alabama
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Charlotte White
Posted on: February 8, 1999

Could you send me info on growing chamomile in the south east USA, I live in south Alabama, we have red soil, mine specifically is high in acid from all the trees and sandy (we are near a bay and a river). It is also quite shady here. What should I do to encourage it to grow?

Southern Alabama is in zone 8 and you can therefore grow both the English or Roman chamomile (hardy in zones 4 to 8), as well as the annual German chamomile. Both species like a well-drained, light soil. Keep them moist but not soggy wet for best growth.

Roman chamomile tolerates a pH of 6.8 to 8.0 while the German chamomile may be more suitable for your acid soil, since it tolerates a pH of 4.8 to 9.2 but does best in neutral soil.

Both species require sun and might get rather spindly in a shady spot. Try to give them as much sun as you can find in your yard.

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