Growing Calendula

January 25, 2018

How to grow Calendula

All About Calendula!

Calendula is a bright, sunny and generous daisy-like flower to add to your homestead and is a personal favourite. There are about 15 to 20 varieties which grow in a variety of colours from pale yellows to vibrant oranges and is very prolific making it the ideal flower for cutting and displaying in a bouquet and although it may look like a daisy, it is actually from the marigold family.

Traditionally, Calendula is grown for its culinary and medicinal purposes. The petals are edible and can be used in salads or used as a replacement for saffron in recipes. It is also used in herbalism to treat minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Lastly, the petals can be used as a natural dye.

If you are growing Calendula for its healing qualities, pop off flower heads when they are fully matured and dry them to use in soaps, tinctures and salves. Removing the matured blossoms only encourages this plant to grow more and more blossoms!

Calendula is an excellent annual to add to your garden for: 

  • container gardening
  • cut flowers for bouquets 
  • borders on vegetable gardens 
  • attracting pollinators and beneficial bugs
  • drying to use for medicinal purposes

ZONE | USDA Zones 9 or warmer
TYPE | Annual but they may reseed themselves.
HEIGHT | 18 - 24 " approximately
LIGHT | Prefers full sun
GERMINATION | 7-14 days
DIRECT SOW | Plant about 1/4" deep about 2" apart
START INDOORS | 6 weeks before the last frost date in your zone.
TIP! Pinch off dying blooms to encourage more blossoms!

To order Calendula seed hand harvested from our Urban Homestead, Visit our Etsy Shop!

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