Calendula (Calendula officinalis) sometimes called ‘pot marigolds’ provide a bit of warm colour to the winter garden with their lovely apricot, yellow and orange blooms.  Growing to around 40 – 45 cm tall, calendulas not only add a bit of bright character to the garden, they can also be used in the kitchen as well, making these flowering annuals one to plant for the cooler months.


How to grow Calendula in a garden

Starting from a seedling or potted plant:

  1. Choose a position with full sun and well-drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  3. When planting into prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 20 to 30cm apart.
  4. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well.
  5. Water in gently and keep soil moderately moist at all times.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw to a depth of 5 - 8cm, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Starting from seed:

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How to grow Calendula in a pot

Starting from a seedling or potted plant:

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide with adequate drainage holes.
  2. Position pot in full sun.
  3. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix such as Yates Nature's Way Organic Flower Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down.
  5. Water in gently and keep mix moderately moist at all times.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Starting from seed:

  • Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, lightly cover with mix, firm down and gently water in well. Keep moist at all times and place in a warm and sheltered position until seedlings have grown to 5 cm tall, then plant into the pot.
  • Alternatively, sow directly into the pot where they are to grow. Cover with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Lightly firm down and keep moist.

Yates varieties

Calendula 'Pacific Beauty'

A beautiful Winter display of warm colours in apricot, yellow, and orange. Strong colour tonings at petal tips enhance the colourful display.


Growing tips

  • Remove spent flowers regularly to encourange further blooms.

  • Flowers and petals are often used as an edible garnish or for adding colour to a salad.

  • Do not consume the leaves of the Calendula plant as they are poisonous.

  • Calendula need darkness in order to germinate. When sowing ensure that you sow at a depth of 12mm and cover well.
 

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Recommended products

Yates Nature's Way Organic Flower Mix

Grow healthy, abundant, beautiful organic blooms. This balanced versatile mix can be used for growing all types of flowers – in pots and garden beds.