Calendula Seeds edible flowers and spicy leaves add zest to summer salads and will draw plenty of ooohs and ahhs when presented in a meal. Used in salves, lotions and balms, the daisy-like flower is more than a pretty face, where it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties are valued for soothing and restoring the skin.
You’ll have this annual’s beauty all season, since it is cold hardy and stands an eye-catching 18-24 inches tall.
Calendula Seeds Also known as “pot marigold,” calendula’s orange and yellow blossoms will last all summer.
Transform your home into a private oasis with beautiful heirloom flowers.
Calendula Seeds Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Calendula
- Have bright, sassy orange and yellow flowers 2.5-4 in. across on plants 18-24 in. tall
- Easy to grow indoors (start 6-8 weeks before last frost) or sow outdoors after last frost
- Offer full sun and compost-rich soil or potting soil
- Bloom all season long; deadhead and fertilize to increase blooms
- Like marigolds, will help repel insects, so are great for companion planting
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Maturity: 45-60 days from seed to flower
Height: 18 to 24 inches
Spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart in all directions
Direct sow in early spring (around the end of February on the coast), when light frost is still a possibility and continue to sow until early summer for fall flowers. Calendula is easiest from direct sowing, but can also be started indoors late February to mid-March for transplanting in April. If starting indoors, maintain darkness and a soil temperature of 21°C (70°F) until germination occurs in 6-14 days, and then supply bright light to keep seedlings compact. Or direct sow in early autumn in Zones 8-10.
Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep, and aim for a spacing of 15-45cm (6-18″) between plants.