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How to Pollinate Chamomile Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: March 28, 2022

Chamomile is a flowering plant that belongs to the daisy family. It is widely known for its calming and soothing effects. Chamomile is also used for medicinal purposes as it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile plants require pollination for the production of seeds, which leads to an increase in yield. In this article, we will discuss how to pollinate chamomile plants effectively.

Understanding Chamomile Pollination

Chamomile plants can be self-pollinating or cross-pollinating. Self-pollination occurs when the pollen from the male part of the flower (the stamen) fertilizes the female part (the pistil) on the same plant. Cross-pollination, on the other hand, occurs when pollen from one plant fertilizes another plant’s flowers.

Hand Pollination

Hand pollination can be done to ensure cross-pollination in chamomile plants. Follow these steps for effective hand pollination:

  1. Identify the chamomile flowers that need pollination. Look for flowers that have yellow centers and white petals. These are the flowers that need pollination.
  2. Take a small brush or cotton swab and gently rub it on the center of the flower where the stamen is located.
  3. Transfer the pollen to another flower by gently rubbing it on the center of another flower’s pistil.

Natural Pollination

Chamomile plants can also be left to be naturally pollinated by bees and other insects. You can attract bees to your garden by planting other flowering plants nearby.


When is the best time to pollinate chamomile plants?

The best time to pollinate chamomile plants is in the morning when the flowers are open and dry.

Can chamomile plants self-pollinate?

Yes, chamomile plants are capable of self-pollination.

How often should I pollinate my chamomile plants?

Chamomile plants only require pollination once to produce seeds.

Can I use a different tool for hand pollination instead of a brush or cotton swab?

Yes, you can use any small tool that can transfer pollen from one flower to another, such as a toothpick or a small paintbrush.

In conclusion, pollinating chamomile plants is an essential step in increasing yield. You can choose to hand pollinate or let bees and other insects do the work for you. Understanding chamomile pollination and following the steps we have discussed will lead to a successful harvest.