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Wilted chamomile


I have a chamomile plant about 30cm in diameter and height in a 30cm diameter container on my terrace (I read that that's the max diameter the plant will grow to).  Suddenly on Friday the plant wilted (it looks like something's squashed it).  It's quite a nice healthy green colour, and the soil feels moist so I'm not sure what's gone wrong?

I wondered if it was over-watered and moved it so it would get sun all day, but after an hour or so in this very hot weekend sun it really did look sorry for itself and looked a bit dry and slightly yellow, so I put back in it's usual spot (which gets sun in the afternoon).

Any ideas what has happened or what I can try to bring it back to its shaggy, bushy self? Could it be needing more water as this has coincided with exceptionally weather.

Many thanks!


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    It might have wilted, or there might be a root problem. have you checked for vine weevil (white C-shaped maggots with a dark head, about 1 cm in size).

  • Just thought I'd say firstly thank you for your reply! I checked and there were no signs of vine weevil- thankfully.  And even better news, my chamomile plant is happily flowering! I ended up asking the herb man at my local garden centre and he thinks it just got batted down by bad weather (or next door's cat).

    His advice: cut it back and let it start again.  I've left the cutting back until I've picked a few flowers though : ).

    Again, many thanks for your repsonse.

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