Seeds - Calendula, Pacific Beauty OG (HM)
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Description: An early and bright medley of single and double orange, gold, yellow and cream-coloured flowers. Well-branched plants with tall, straight stems are great for cutting, with continuous blooms all summer (and into fall!). Fresh petals are beautiful in salads and as cake decorations. Also known as pot marigold. Prefers cool conditions.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Calendula officinalis
Alternative Names: Pot Marigold / Dark Orange Calendula
Main Uses: Culinary, Ornamental, Medicinal
Zone Hardiness: Reseeding annual
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45 - 60 cm (17 - 24 inches)
Flower Color: Saturated Orange
Flowering Time: Late June - October
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 3 - 7 days at 21°C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 weeks before the last frost. Sow 4 - 6 seeds per cell. Apply Sea Magic from first watering. From the second set of true leaves to time of transplanting, alternate between Sea Magic and seed-starting fertilizer (such as Evolve) once per week.
Planting Depth: 1/4”.
Spacing (Seedlings): 1 plant every 8” - 12”.
Outdoors: Sow in late May for the end of June to fall blooms. Direct-seeding is the preferred method of growing Calendula.
Seed Spacing: Sow every 4” - 6” and then thin to 8” - 12”.
Growing in Containers: Well-suited to larger pots (12 inches and up).
Fertilizing (Containers): Fertilize containers regularly with an organic fertilizer. Jobes organic spikes for container plants are easy to use and effective!
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Suited for large mixed planters such as barrels.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant into a well-drained garden soil, amended yearly with compost. No additional fertilizer required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Attracts pollinating bees, butterflies and hoverflies (these are good - they are excellent aphid eaters!).
Harvesting: Flower petals are dried and used for tea and bodycare preparations. Harvest flowers when they are fully open and set the heads upside down in a cool, dark, and dry indoor area. When the flowers are fully dry, strip the petals off and store in a jar away from light. Petals may also be eaten fresh - just pick a flower and strip the petals off. They are lovely when sprinkled on summer green salads.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors, unless using grow lights and can provide cooler conditions.