Calendula Pot Marigold Collecting Seeds

Calendula Pot Marigold Collecting Seeds

Fly trap

Calendula have lasted well all summer and there are still come bright yellow flowers in my garden despite last nights frost.

Collect Seed

  • I collect the seeds from the flowerheads when the curved seeds become brown. Otherwise the plants self sow and you get plants where you do not need them.
  • If they do self sow and germinate, as they are likely to do, you can transplant them in late spring.
  • The seeds dry quickly and are easy to find, collect and store.
  • On each head there are about 12-20 seeds.
  • Sow between March and May  ½ inch deep, outdoors in drills  12-18 inches apart, in soil which has been raked to a fine tilth.
  • After sowing, keep well watered until seedlings appear.

Calendula Tips

  • English Marigold, Marigold, or  Pot Marigold are common names for Calendula Officinalis Nana.
  • They are available a striking combination of   double yellow, lemon, apricot and orange flowers, borne on  compact, basal branching, bushy plants.
  • For organic gardeners this makes an ideal companion plant keeping flies away from other crops..
  • Flower petals and leaves can be used in salads to add a tangy flavour.
  • If you can’t collect your own seeds are available from Thompson Morgan

Orange calendula

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