No Budget Chamomile!




Chamomile can be used in many different ways for many things, as a pretty ornamental flower, in a tea to help sooth anxiety, to help protect plants from fungal issues, used in food, as a food flower to help bees, and many more ways. Here is how you can grow your own chamomile plants on a zero budget by simply using a chamomile tea bag!

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Step 1: Tools & Supplies

You can use many different things lying around to do this instructable.


  • 1 Chamomile tea bag
  • 1 or more plastic containers, it can be an empty yoghurt pot, a milk jug that you cut open, a plastic vegetable container, etc. The bigger your container, the longer your plant(s) will be able to grow before having to move them to a bigger pot.
  • 1 plastic bag (to create a simple greenhouse for germinating the seeds with)
  • Optional: A piece of wire to tie the plastic bag with to seal the moisture and heat with.


  • A knife or other pointy object (for putting drainage holes in your pot)
  • Optional: A scoopy object like a spade, trowel (or just use your hands!)

Step 2: Add Drainage Holes to Your Pot

Simply use a knife, nail, screw, stick or whatever to add several drainage holes to the bottom of your pot. This will let excess water drain so that your seedling's roots don't get hurt if you add too much water to the pot.

Step 3: Fill Your Pot With Soil

Using your hands or any scoopy type object, fill your pot with soil. I cut out a scoop from an empty milk jug that you can see here.

Step 4: Sow Your Chamomile

Tear open your chamomile tea bag and evenly sow the seeds over your soil. Chamomile seeds want light to germinate so you don't have to bury them. Gently drip water over all of the chamomile to moisten them. I just refilled an empty sports water bottle to use as a makeshift watering can.

Step 5: Make a Mini Makeshift Greenhouse

Pull a see through plastic bag over your pot, trying to keep as much air inside as possible for oxygen for the seeds, and seal it, ideally with a twisted wire, or sellotape, or just by knotting the bag. Place the pot in a sheltered place which ideally is warm and gets a lot of sunlight like a window sill.

Step 6: Let Your Chamomile Germinate and Grow!

Keep an eye on your pot of chamomile and make sure to open the bag every few days or so to let fresh air into the mini greenhouse. Add some water (but not too much) if the soil looks dry. It can take from a few days to 2 weeks or longer for the seeds to begin germinating, and it depends on things like the ambient temperature and amount of light they get, so be patient. Open the bag until it dries out a bit if you've accidentally watered too much. Remove the bag once you see little seedlings appearing - since the delicate seedlings may get too hot or "burn". When they are big enough, you can plant the seedlings into a big pot, or directly into the ground. Good luck! :)

Some of the many awesome things you can do with chamomile are:

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    5 Discussions


    3 months ago

    Such a good idea, I never thought of using a teabag for this!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Cool good luck! Maybe post a photo when its growing :)


    2 years ago

    I just assumed that chamomile tea was made from the leaves. I will try this one in my kitchen window herb garden. Thanks.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    It seems you can make it from the leaves too yes. Good luck, let us know how it goes if you want! :)