Annual. Loves cool weather! Blooms spring - early summer in cool climates and fall - spring in warm climates. 12-24" tall. Full sun. An old English Cottage Garden flower with bright orange & yellow double flowers. Also called Pot Marigold. The fresh edible petals are a colorful gourmet addition to salads. They can also be dried to use later for adding beautiful golden color to baked goods and egg dishes. A long-lasting cut or dried flower. Can be massed in borders or planted in containers.
When to plant outside: Cold climates: Sow in early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. Warm climates: Sow in late summer to early fall for winter/spring bloom.
When to start inside: Sow 6-8 weeks before average last frost. Recommended in cold winter climates.
Special Germination Instructions: Calendula seed requires dark to germinate. Sow at depth of ?? to ??.
Harvesting: To harvest petals, pinch off flower heads then gently pull out the petals. If you wish to dry them for later use, lay them on a tray or large piece of paper in a single layer with good spacing between them to avoid overlapping and discoloration. Then place in a cool, dry location. When thoroughly dry, keep in an airtight container.
Calendula was named 2008 'Herb of the Year' by the International Herb Association.