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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