Add a sunny personality to the flower, herb or vegetable garden.
The name calendula means the first day of the month, presumably because this pot marigold blooms reliably at the start each day. It is easy to grow from seed, and quickly grows to maturity in 6-8 weeks after sowing.
Calendula or Calendula officinalis, is a hardy annual, and member of the Asteraceae or Compositae family, which share a central disc surrounded by spoon-shaped petals. Notable species include daisy, arnica, Artemisia, chamomile, chrysanthemum, dandelion and Echinacea.
Also known as Pot Marigold, English Marigold, Poet’s Marigold, or Summer’s bride, the original species were contained to yellow and orange single blossoms, yet many new hybrids have been bred to develop a range of differing shades of apricot, orange and yellow, with double ring of petals, as well as plants of shorter stature for borders, and longer stems for the cutting garden.
Often mistaken for the more familiar French and African pom-pom flowers known as marigolds, (Tagetes), it is not directly related, yet both produce bright yellow and orange blossoms that add a sunny personality to the flower, herb or vegetable garden.
When & Where to Plant Calendula
Your American Meadows order for Calendula will arrive as a packet of seeds, as plants are not available. Seeds can be sown directly in the garden, in the spring after danger of frost. Mark a row, and drop seeds every 6 inches, cover with ¼ - 1/2 “ soil, pat gently and water. Seeds should germinate within a week, and plants will blossom 6-8 weeks later.
Seeds can be started indoors in seed trays 3-4 weeks before frost-free date and transplanted into the garden. For a continuous display, sow several times throughout the spring either in the garden or in seeds trays for transplant. If you are not able to plant the seeds immediately, seeds can be kept in a dry location, away from sun and direct heat for up to a year.