Calendula, Orange King (Calendula Officinalis) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 1-12
Calendula is so versatile and so easy to grow from flower seeds! These flowers are cheerful and bright, and they are very attractive to beneficial insects as well. Start seeds alone, in combination with other flowers or in the vegetable garden to repel unwanted insects. It's edible and also a perfect candidate for cutting and flower arrangements. Calendula plants are a fun and fast growing annual that are easy to grow from flower seed and simple to care for. It is a great choice for kids and beginning gardeners.
Calendula Officinalis, also known as Pot Marigold, got the name because the dried flowers of the plant were traditionally used in soups and stews to fight off illness. Calendulas are known for many health benefits, but they are most recognized for effectiveness in healing skin problems, such as wounds, burns, insect bites, eczema, shingles and skin ulcers, to name a few.
Calendula is popular in ointments, salves, or creams for various skin problems, such as eczema, skin rashes, bed sores, diaper rash, varicose veins, bruises, burns, and sore breasts. The tea is used locally for sore throats, slow-healing wounds, or leukorrea and internally for fever and swollen lymph glands. The tea or tincture is beneficial for the healing of ulcers in the digestive tract and to ease gallbladder inflammation and enlarged, sore lymph glands. An extract of calendula flowers (combined with allantoin) was shown to dramatically accelerate the healing of surgically-induced wounds and prevent infection.
Direct sow in fall or early spring, planting 1/4" below the surface. To start seeds indoors, plant 1/4" deep in individual pots or a flat. Keep evenly moist and at a temperature of 60-65° until germination which should take place within 2 weeks. Transplant or thin the seedlings. Prefers well drained, poor or average soil, but can adapt to almost any soil. Since it prefers cooler temps, it will appreciate partial shade. Once established, it does not need regular water and overwatering can stunt the blooms. To keep the plant bushy and neat, occasionally pinch off unwanted developing stalks. It may stop blooming during the heat of summer and begin in the fall. Calendula does very well as a container plant.
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