Harvesting Chamomile Plants: When To Pick Chamomile Flowers
The first thing to remember when picking chamomile flowers is that they are not easy to pick. They require much effort and patience. You will need some kind of tool or device which can easily reach into the flower petals without breaking them. Some people use tweezers, but these may break if you don’t handle it carefully. Other people use scissors, but they too might break if you don’t take care of them properly.
If you want to pick chamomile flowers, then there are two options:
You can pick the flowers yourself using your hands or fingers. If you choose this option, then you have to make sure that the flower petal doesn’t get damaged during the process. You could also buy a chamomile flower picker. These tools are made especially for harvesting chamomile flowers.
The second option is to hire someone else to pick the flowers for you. There are many companies offering this service nowadays. However, hiring someone else means that you have to pay extra money and time as well as give up control over the process of picking the flowers yourself.
If you decide to harvest chamomile flowers yourself, then you will first have to identify the plants that are ready for picking. This means that you have to search for chamomile plants that have fully opened their flower petals during daytime. The color of the petals should be golden yellow. The middle part or the heart of the flower should be in the center of the petal.
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