Calendula, also known as pot marigold is well known to have many benefits in the garden and medicinal treatments like healing ointments and edible flowers.
- Direct sowing is recommend once all frosts have cleared. Sow the seed 5mm deep in the garden where you want the plant to grow. Calendula prefers rich, well draining soil.
- Calendula can be raised as seedlings in the greenhouse. Germination takes around a week at 20-22 degrees.
- If you're raising seedlings, spend a few days hardening them off so they adjust to the outside world. Leave them outside for a few hours on the first day, gradually working up to a full day to prevent any transplant shock.
- Choose a sunny or part shaded spot in the garden, it does well as a border plant as only reaches about 40cm high.
- Space each plant 30cm apart.
- Harvest first thing in the morning or in the evening once the blooms have opened 50%.
- Calendula takes around 50-60 days from seed to bloom.
- The petals are edible and can be used in salads and desserts.