Calendula (Pot Marigold)
Calendula is an easy to grow and very hardy annual flower with ornamental, edible, and medicinal properties. Plant calendula in the garden for beautiful daisy-like blooms that last for months. The pedals of the flowers are edible and make a great garnish for salads. The flowers are also used to make salves for skin care.
Sow seeds into trays about 6 weeks before the average last frost date for your area. Cover the seeds 1/4" and grow at 70 degrees. Transfer plants into the garden after threat of heavy frost has passed. Calendula is hardy and can tolerate light frosts.
Sow seeds into the garden in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Plant seeds 1/4" deep and thin plants to about 12" apart once they have emerged.
Full sun to part shade
Tolerant of average soil but will do best in rich soil with lots of organic matter.
Cut the flowers once the petals have started to wither to encourage new blooms. Save some flowers to go to seed as calendula will self-sow in the same spot year after year.
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