Treneague Lawn Chamomile Plants.
Our Chamomile plants are grown from division and are more than likely decedents of the originals grown by Dorothy Stewart who lived in Cornwall in the 1930's.
Her garden chamomile spread to form a low growing plant which never flowered. It formed a fragrant, neat, rich green lawn which did not turn brown in dry weather.
Word soon spread and the plants were distributed far and wide,even ending up in Royal Gardens.
Only available from division - These plants do not flower and cannot be propagated by seed.
The flowering chamomile of both the Roman and German varieties can grow up to 24" and would not really be tidy enough as a lawn although they are delightful in their own right and are widely used in natural remedies.
This cloned variety Treneague will grow to only 6cm but far less if it is walked on occasionally.
Treading on the plants also helps them to spread as this pushed the stems close to the soil where they will root easily.
Planting the Cuttings
Fully hardy and can be planted as soon as they arrive through your letterbox.
The rosette cuttings can be planted 6" apart but you can gauge how quickly you want cover.
The closer you plant the faster the cover.
We have had plants 1 foot apart and these have bonded well, it just takes a bit longer!
These plants will take a few weeks to establish so please don’t be too worried if they look a bit lost, they will soon pick up.
Clear any weeds before planting and keep an eye on the bare soil making sure that weeds don't get a hold, especially deep rooted perennials.
Plant from March to September keep an eye on the watering for a few weeks after planting, especially in dry spells, try to not let them dry out but don't let them sit in water either... A sunny site will help the plants to grow.
Put the plants fully into the soil covering the roots and keeping the leaves touching the soil. This ensures a strong rooting base for the plants. (See pic)
They will thrive in well drained neutral or slightly acid soil.
Care after planting
The plants will benefit from being trimmed, either by hand or a mower once or twice a year. The apple scent is lovely when the plants are trodden on and when established it makes a very restful place to sunbath The plants will also look very attractive in containers.
Perfect for the lazy gardener but not used for tea making or any medicinal use as this requires the flower production.
Ideal for hayfever sufferer, as they don't produce pollen.
Increase Your Stock
When the plants are established you can lift up the runners and you will find that these will have rooted in the same way you received our plants. These can be used to increase your stock and either expand your lawn or fill in bald patches. If the offshoots break when trodden on just push the stems into the ground and they will root.
The bare rooted plants will be dispatched by first class post in an envelope with moist tissue.
There will be a residue of the soil the plants were grown in. This is my own blend of natural compost from the garden so might have the odd piece of eggshell in in, sometimes a small brandling worm (but not often!)
Please open the pack as soon as they are delivered. It is important to take the plants out of the container on delivery as they could rot with the lack of air circulation.
They might look a bit stressed but will soon pick up when planted.
If the weather is bad they could be kept damp or "heel" the plants as a group into either loose soil or a plant pot with compost in it.
Quality Assured If you have any problems with the plants or need any more advice about planting or aftercare please contact me.
The plants will be picked, packed and shipped on the same day, usually the day you order (if it's still light).
First Class delivery and packaging is included in the price.
Plants will vary slightly from the images.
If you are not entirely satisfied with the young plants I will issue a full refund.
*Please contact me if you have any unanswered questions about chamomile care.
Thanks. Ian, gardening.ie