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Growing Information:

Calendula

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 24-30"

PLANT SPACING: 6-12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual

Habitat and Description


Growing Calendula

Calendula can be direct seeded in the spring or even summer or they can be started indoors as transplants. They're very easy maintenance and once established in your garden, they will self-seed, but they don't generally become a nusiance.

Rich soil and a full sun location will keep your calendula blooming, although they will adapt to most any soil conditions. Calendula will slow down in extreme heat and warmer climates will have more success growing them as fall or early spring flowers. In more temperate areas, watering regularly will help keep them going in the peak of summer and your calendula will bloom until frost.

Don't be afraid to cut blooms from your calendula. It will only encourage more budding. In addition to their culinary uses, calendula are used in herbal medicine, as a dye plant and even as a cut flower.



Calendula


The benefits of Calendula

Calendula has been used in traditional medicinal treatments for hundreds of years. The calendula flower is bright yellow or orange, and grows throughout the world, having spread from its native Mediterranean region as both a medicinal and ornamental plant. Another common name for calendula is pot marigold, though it is not related to and should not be confused with the common marigold. Compounds, oils, creams and tinctures of calendula are one of the most trusted and widely used materials in the alternative practitioner's toolbox.

Calendula can be used topically in tea form to treat a range of illnesses and minor skin ailments. You can make a tea from the petals to swab over eyes affected with conjunctivitis: The anti-inflammatory properties soothe the area, and the antibacterial properties can help fight the infection. Gargling calendula-petal teas can soothe sore throats and combat infection, and the same solution can be used as a mouthwash for infected gums and mouth problems.





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