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Calendula Seeds, Pacific Beauty Mix

Calendula officinalis
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These long-stemmed beauties bear 10 cm (4") blooms of orange, yellow, apricot and cream. Large, double flowers have a contrasting chocolate centre. Excellent for beds or borders. Heat tolerant. Pinch off faded blooms to prolong flowering season.

  • SKU: 100074
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Safe for bees
Safe
for Bees
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
10 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
12"+
Growing height
Growing Height:
60 cm (24")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.5
  • Approximate Seed Count: 55-60
  • Common Name: Pot marigold
  • Characteristics: profuse bloomer | attracts pollinators | container friendly
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Color: Apricot, orange, yellow, cream, gold
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: July to Frost
  • Tolerance: tolerates poor soils
  • Companion Planting: Plant near asparagus, beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, pumpkins, and tomatoes
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Calendula seeds can be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 16°C (60°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 6 mm (1/4") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation and room to grow. More seeds can be succession planted every 2 to 3 weeks until mid July for a continuous harvest of blooms.

    For earlier blooms, seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist while they establish themselves in their new environment.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")
  • Seed Spacing: 5 cm (2")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
  • Plant Spread: 15 cm (6")
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Pinching back the early flower buds will help your plants to promote more branches and grow bushier. Wait until the plant is 20-25 cm (8-10") tall, cut off the top couple 5 cm (2") of the plant, directly above a set of leaves. Within a week, you will notice new stems sprouting from where you had cut the plant. This process will also cause the entire plant to branch out even more, giving rise to additional stems. The new stems will be longer because they will grow from the bottom of the plant instead of along the main stem.
  • Regularly removing spent flowers, known as deadheading will promote continuous blooming and encourage the growth of fresh buds.
  • Calendula makes a great companion plant in a vegetable garden because it attracts beneficial insects and repels unwanted pests including tomato worms and nematodes.
  • Harvest calendula flowers for indoor arrangements when they are about 1/2 way open. Click here to learn more about harvesting flowers.

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