Calendula - Key Growing Information

Calendula blooms, prized for their beauty, as well as culinary and medicinal uses.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70°F (21°C).

SOWING:
Make 2-3 successive sowings 2-3 weeks apart for continuous blooms from summer to heavy frost.

Direct seed (recommended):
After last frost, when the soil is warm, sow 6 seeds per foot, 1/4" deep. Thin.

Transplant:
Sow 4 weeks before last frost, 2 or more seeds per cell or container. Thin and transplant outside after the last hard frost.

LIGHT PREFERENCE:
Sun/Part Shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Rich, well-drained soil.

PLANT SPACING:
6-12".

HARDINESS ZONES:
Annual.

HARVEST:
Fresh: Harvest when flowers are 1/2 open.

Edible:
Harvest once the flowers are fully open and pull petals off before using in dishes. Do not eat the calyx or flower centers.

Medicinal ('Alpha' and 'Resina'):
Flowers are used in antiseptic tinctures and healing skin ointments.

USES:
Cut flower. Edible flower. Beds, borders, containers, mass plantings, and cottage gardens.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Calendula officinalis

ALTERNATE NAMES:
Pot marigold, common marigold, Scotch marigold