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