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Calendulas, How to grow and care for English Marigold plants

Calendula officinalis

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringButterfly FlowerWhite flowering plantRed flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plantEnglish Marigolds Blooming in the GardenHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
Charlie the Garden Gnome English Marigolds are bright and cheery annual plants that bloom from early summer,
up until the first frost.

Calendulas are native to the Canary Islands, Europe, and North Africa.
The Chrysanthemum-like flowers of the Calendula are large (3"-5") and showy,
in shades and blends of yellow, orange, apricot and cream.
These easy to care for plants are available in dwarf and tall varieties, growing from 6" to 24" tall,
and forming compact, 6" plants with pale green, lance shaped, aromatic leaves.
Pot Marigold plants deter asparagus beetles and tomato hornworms,
making them a great companion planting for Tomatoes.

Planting and Growing English Marigolds

English Marigolds grow best in cool climates.
They should be planted 12"-15" apart in full sun, except in hotter regions where they will need partial shade in the afternoon. Calendula plants will grow in poor soil, but will thrive if grown in rich, fertile soil.
Feed with an all purpose, water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks during the blooming season.
Remove spent flowers regularly to promote continued blooming.

Growing English Marigold Plants from seed

Calendula seeds require darkness for germination,
Make certain that the seeds are completely covered with fine soil.

English Marigold seeds can be sown directly in the garden in the spring.
Calendula seeds can also be started indoors in the spring, for planting in the garden during the summer.

Plant seeds ¼" deep and 2" apart.
Maintain a temperature of 70° within the growing medium.
Germination takes 10-14 days.

Herbal and Medicinal uses of the English Marigold Plant


English Marigolds
Calendula officinalis
English Marigolds Blooming in the Garden English Marigold Calendula and a Monarch Butterfly The Flower and Foliage of an English Marigold, Calendula officinalis