Calendula Neon Seeds
Pot Marigold, Scotch Marigold
Calendula officinalis (Compositae)
Eye-catching addition to borders and cottage gardens
The wine-red buds of Neon open to reveal dazzling, bright orange petals tipped and edged with red to create a most pleasing effect in borders, cottage gardens and informal plantings. Neon also makes a really attractive cut flower and is easy to grow from seed.
Calendula is an easy-to-grow hardy annual which flowers the same year as sowing. Its seeds can be sown direct in the garden where it is to flower.
One of our best-loved annuals, it has a variety of common names, including pot marigold, Scotch marigold and ruddles. It is, however, unrelated to African and French marigolds (Tagetes). A ‘must have’ in cottage gardens and other informal settings, where the richly coloured flowers are attractive to so many beneficial insects.
Calendulas have been grown for centuries – the petals are edible and make an attractive addition to salads, while in Europe they have been used to flavour stews and soups and to colour both butter and cheese. The Romans regarded the juice from calendula flowers as a cure for warts. At the time of the conquistadores in Mexico it was said to be the ‘flower of death’, springing up freely on ground where battles had been fought.
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Plant Class: Hardy Annual (HA).
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Calendula Neon Seeds
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Sow outdoors where they are to flower, 0.5cm (¼”) deep directly into finely prepared soil which has been already watered. Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days. Water well until plants are established. Thin seedlings as required to allow development. Sowings made in curves rather than straight lines often create a more pleasing effect.
Or sow indoors in trays of compost. Water well and place in a greenhouse or cold frame. Keep moist. Transplant seedlings 5cm (2”) apart to other trays when large enough to handle. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions before planting out 23cm (9”) apart.
For a longer lasting display, make sowings at three-weekly intervals. Late summer and autumn sowings will flower the following year.
Calendulas are generally trouble-free, but may sometimes suffer from mildew.
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