The perfect calendula for cut flowers! Rounded flowers up to 3" in diameter have multiple layers of narrow petals ranging in lemon, banana, and cream shades. Our patch of lemon cream has been blooming for at least 10 weeks now. A fantastic summer-long bloomer. Grows to 24" in height.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF.
Seed Planting Depth: Sow 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 6-12” apart after the last frost date.
Sowing Outdoors: 1-2 weeks before the last frost, sow a few seeds every 6-12". Sow every 2-3 weeks for season-long blooms.
Growth Habit: Upright, bushy
Height and Width: 24” x 12"
Light Needs: Full sun to part shade in hot areas
Soil Needs: Fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 50-60 days
Uses: Attracts pollinators, cut flowers, flower beds, containers, edible/medicinal flowers, companion plant in the vegetable garden- cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, carrots,
Care: Reseeds easily. Deadheading prolongs blooms and reduces reseeding. Pinch back to encourage a bushy growth habit. Calendulas bloom best in cooler temperatures and low humidity. If they start to decline in the hot weather, cut back and they will rebloom later in the season. They will live through light frosts and make a great late season flower.