Easy-to-grow calendula flowers greet the morning by blooming, and then close again each night. Calendula is a cool-loving flower used in salves and teas with many health benefits. Learn how to grow calendula with these 5 tips.
5 Tips for How to Grow Calendula
1. Plant calendula at the right time
Calendula (also called pot-marigold) prefers cool weather. In hot summer areas like Arizona, calendula grows best throughout the cooler months of late fall and spring.
Plant calendula after the last spring frost in cold weather climates.
Succession plant calendula every 2 or 3 weeks for a continual harvest.
2. Plant calendula correctly
- Plant calendula seeds ¼ inch deep. Thin seedlings to 6 to 12 inches apart. Keep soil moist until the seeds sprout. Click here to buy calendula seeds.
- When choosing transplants, smaller is usually better. Smaller plants adapt easier to planting.
- Plant calendula in a location with fertile, well-draining soil.
3. Care for calendula correctly
- Calendula needs regular water; do not let the plant dry out.
- Keep flowers cut back to encourage more blooms.
- Calendula grows best in full sun.
- Calendula does not require supplemental feeding.
- If foliage looks haggard, cut plants back to about 3 inches to promote new growth.
How to grow calendula in containers:
Calendula is a great choice for containers.
Follow growing guidelines (above) for how to grow calendula.
Calendula in containers does not need additional fertilizer.
4. Harvest calendula often
Harvest calendula blooms when petals begin to open. Calendula petals are edible. The entire calendula flower is used in healing skin ointments, salves, oils, and teas.
Blooms left on the plant quickly develop into seeds. Calendula seeds are ready to harvest when they turn brown.
Calendula reseeds easily due to the large amount of seeds produced on each bloom.