Calendula or pot marigold is a super easy plant to grow in the vegetable or flower garden, attracts a host of pollinators, and self-seeds freely.
A short-lived perennial that behaves like an annual or bi-annual depending on the time of year and location it is sown.
Sow in Fall for early Spring flowering and Spring for flowers early Summer or Fall.
Pot marigolds like many wildflowers prefer the cooler months and tend to go dormant during the hottest Summer months, bursting in growth as cooler Fall weather arrives.
The daisy flowers appear in an array of orange or yellow often semi-double as well as single flowers on a mound of light green leaves.
Calendula seeds grow easily when direct sown or can be started indoors for an early display in any garden or container.
The plant has edible flowers and leaves making it a perfect fast-growing addition to the kitchen, herb, or flower garden.
Resistant to many pests Calendula will natural self-sow and flower in a single season until first frosts, be sure to allow a few seeds to self scatter and enjoy pot marigolds for many years to come.
I have grown these as a bedding plant and as a filler for perennial borders, these are a great plant to sow beneath apple trees both keeping grass and weeds under control and inviting a host of pollinators to pollinate the flowering fruit trees.
Growing Calendula Indoors:
Sowing Pot Marigold seeds indoors are really simple too, I recommend sowing in cell packs or play trays as these plants will grow quickly under optimum conditions.
On preparing your chose container and filling it with quality seeds compost, sow your seeds by pressing the odd-shaped seeds into the soil and lightly cover with fine seed compost or perlite.
Best germination at 70F usually takes 7 – 14 days to germinate. Direct sowing seeds into seedbeds once frost has passed in spring is my preferred method and you tend to get stronger plants.
Thin emerging seedlings to 8 – 12 inches apart or allow to grow together on mass. Preferring full sun, moderate water, and almost any soil poor with a free-draining composition.
Popular with an array of pollinators, particularly butterflies and bees, and plentiful seed for fall birds.
Harvested from my own pollinator-friendly plants these sun-following Mexican daisies make a cheerful addition to the front of any butterfly or wildflower garden.
Thriving on poor soils in full sun, on the prairie, or at home in the cottage garden, plant with bee balm, goldenrod, and asters.
We hand collect and clean our seeds all freshly collected in 2020 seeds, seed may contain some natural chaff or seed parasols depending on the difficulty level of seed cleaning, we leave plenty for the birds.
Seed Storage and Sowing:
Once you receive your seeds best kept refrigerated for 4 or more weeks (unless Fall sowing) to help break seed dormancy and keep fresh for seasonally appropriate sowing.
Easy to grow, sow seeds direct where you would like them to flower or start indoors several weeks prior to the last frost.
Sow outdoors in Fall or Early Spring, approx. pack quantity minimum of 50 seeds see other listings for larger seed quantities (Seed counts are approx. and often way over! We germinate all our own seeds, sell plug plants, and propagation material.)
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