Calendula is also known as pot marigold.
Annual plant that grows about 18-inches tall. In my garden they don’t usually grow straight up; more of a laying-down-then-up growth. Flowers are typically yellow, orange, or a combination of yellow & orange. Flowering time is from late spring to midsummer when they take a break for the heat. They start back up when in cools down, until the frost hits.
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Climate & Temperature Requirements
Day Length or Light Requirements
Calendula likes full sun locations
Site Conditions Favored
Calendula likes well-drained soil
Methods of propagation
- Sow calendula seeds in early spring, indoors or out.
- Sow seeds again in July for a fall bloom.
Transplanting or Potting Up
Calendula seeds are very easy to save. They have the weirdest seeds I’ve ever seen – they are big, too, so it makes them easy to gather.
Bed Prep & Soil Amendments
Plant or thin to 12 inches apart.
Alternative Bed Methods
Routine Cultivation & Maintenance
Mulching & Weeding
Pinching or Pruning & Dividing
Pests, Diseases & Problems
Slugs don’t seem to be a problem for calendula
Harvesting & Storage
Edible Parts of the Plant
- Calendula flowers have a slightly bitter taste, but are so brightly colored that the taste is over-looked
Days to Harvest / Harvest Timing
Storage of harvest
Dry individual calendula petals on paper towel, making sure the petals don’t touch, then store in a moisture-tight container
Nutritional Benefits & Values
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- 2 T chopped fresh petals (or 1 T dried)
- 4 C water
- Steep 5-10 minutes
- Saffron substitute: often used as a substitute for its bright orange color
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