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Pot Marigold

English Name

Calendula Officinalis

Scientific Name

Description

Calendula has long been grown for its medicinal value. It benefits gastric and skin problems. Calendula is an annual flowering plant, whose petals can be used in salads, to flavour soups and stews. The flowers are also used to give cheese and rice a yellow colour.

United Kingdom

Origin

Asteraceae

Family

50°F - 59°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

5 days - 14 days

Germination Period

1' - 1'6"

Height (feet/inches)

1'3" - 1'6"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Hardy Annual

Life Cycle

Herb, Shrub & Flower

Types

Spring & Summer

Seasons

Yes

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Keep Calendulas moist but not wet.

Feeding

Feed 3 weeks after planting, then every 10 days.

Germination

After 1 week that seeds are germinated, transplant and keep cool and in light. Plant out when they grow 4 inches height to a 12 inches pot.

Propagation

Mostly Calendulas are sown directly into borders, but sow seeds in pots 1/4 inch deep in early to mid Spring.

Cultivation

Calendulas deserve a place in any garden. There are many variations. They thrive best in well drained soil and in sunny position or partial shade.

Tips

Make use of Calendula's faded flowers to make pot-pourri, a spice or essential oil. Pull petals from a Calendula and place about half a cup in a lidded glass jar with 120 ml of good olive oil. Keep cool in dark place for 3 weeks. Strain and use the oil to scent pot-pourri or add to a bath to make it more refreshing.

Care

They self-sow very easily and may become a nuisance. If dead flowers are left on, seeds will sow themselves around the plants, flowering at the same year. Remove flowers when they die and they will bloom at a very long time.

Humidity

Keep dry, do not spray or water the plant overhead.

Soil

Well drained soil.



Did you know?

Beneficial insects are attracted to your garden by coreopsis, feverfew, and sweet alyssum.