Calendula 'Art Shades' Seeds | By Mr Fothergills
Calendula "Art Shades" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's
Our calendula officinalis Calendula "Art Shades" seeds produce masses of fully double blooms in vibrant shades of orange, gold, and yellow. Although it is unrelated to the African and French marigolds, the calendula is sometimes referred to as the "pot marigold", "Scotch marigold", or "ruddles". These plants are ideal for flower beds, borders, and cottage gardens, and the richly coloured flowers attract many beneficial insects. They are easy to grow annuals that flower the same year as sowing. The petals are edible and make an excellent addition to salads, and can also be used to flavour stews and soups.
- No. Seeds Per Pack: 120
- Sow Indoors: March - May
- Sow Outdoors: August - October
- Location: Full Sun
- Flowering Time: May - September
- Hardiness: Hardy Annual
As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.Annual, Biennial and Perennial
Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender
Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.
We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.
Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.
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Advice on hot and droopy plants
If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.
Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.
- Hardiness: these hardy annuals have good resistance to frost.
- Planting In Pots: suitable for planting in pots.
- Position: plant in full sun for best results.
- Soil Types: plant in pre-watered finely prepared soil for optimal growth.
- Germination Requirements: ideally temperature should be at least 15°C.
- Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow 2-3 seeds 1cm deep 2cm apart. Label your seeds, noting planting date and variety/species.
- Planting Distance (Ground): sow 2-3 seeds 1cm deep 5-8cm apart. Ensure rows are 15-30cm apart.
- Soil Preparation: remove any stones from the soil and dig in some fertilizer.
- Thinning: wait until seedlings have two sets of leaves before thinning.
- Pest Control: use a pesticide spray to protect from pests.
- Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly in dry weather.
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|Deciduous Or Evergreen||Evergreen|
|Flower Colour||Gold, Orange, Yellow|
|Flowering Month||May, June, July, August, September|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Supplied As||Seed Packet|
|Shop By Category||Seeds|