Calendula, Orange (Calendula officinalis) seeds, organic

(6 customer reviews)

$3.95$31.10

Family: Aster (Asteracea)

Annual.  40 to 50 days to maturity.

(Pot Marigold, Orange Calendula) Native to southern Europe, flowering orange to 18 inches tall.  Traditional usage (TWM): antiseptic, inhibits inflammation, promotes healing.  The flowers, when boiled, yield a bright yellow-orange dye. Sow the seed directly in the garden in the spring, or grow as a container plant.  Space plants 6 inches apart.  These flowers are the color of the rising sun.

Packet contains 50 seeds
5 g contains ~ 600 seeds
10 g contains ~1,200 seeds
100 g contains ~12,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

 

PS on Calendula seed germination.  Have you ever noticed how calendula volunteers with fall-strewn seed germinating and growing in the spring?  If you take care of those volunteers, they really do make great plants.  Anyway, this means that calendula seed is loaded with germination inhibitors–otherwise the fall disseminated seed would germinate immediately in the fall, and it doesn’t.  So, when planting calendula, make sure to sow the seed early enough in the spring to mimic this natural process.  Allow the seed to be in the soil, cool and well-watered, starting as soon as your ground can be worked, and you will see good results.  Even seed sown midspring and kept nice and moist usually germinates fine.  However, if you plant the seed late in the late spring to summer and it gets really warm and possibly not as moist as it needs to be, you may get a zero germ on it.  That’s all I’m saying.  Richo

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  1. Question

    Denise

    Which Calendula officinalis variety has the most medicinal properties (for salves and balms)?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Any of the open pollinated Calendula officinalis should be fine. I do have a preference for the orange calendula, but have used all of our op cultivars very successfully in salves and tinctures.

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    lucy

    I rate Calendula seeds magical....5 star +. Hearty, strong, very grounded but delicate and tender especially in its medicinal qualities...a very friendly plant.

    lucy

    I am writing a little story about Horizon Herb seeds. I was rummaging around in my shed and I came upon some seed packets from Horizon Herbs ( now Strictly Medicinal Herbs) from 2009. They had been resting quietly in the shed through many seasons. I thanked them and planted them and they came up very quickly. Quicker than I have ever seen before. Strictly Medicinal seeds are vibrant and full of love and light because they are loved honored and respected and raised with organic tender care.

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    Nikki

    Calendula seeds grew beautifully in South Florida! Thank you. However they’ve definitely attracted aphids and I’m having trouble keeping them away. Do you have any recommendations for companion plants?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Nikki,
      I guess everything loves Calendula. You can try the temperate tulsi–I often see ladybugs on that plant and ladybugs do eat aphids.
      Richo

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    • ramintasm

      For May planting:
      Would mixing calendula seeds with some moist dirt, then covering the container and storing in a fridge and/or freezer help germination? Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I do think this would help.

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      gardengate500

      To Nikki – I just thought you might lije to know this little tidbit of infi:
      Calendula is a plant known to be used in companion planting. Their specific use is to attract aphids, which they do very, very well! This keeps the aphids off, and away from all the other plants.
      We normally just let them munch away! However, if the aphid colony gets too big and the Calendula begins to wane, we simply cut it back, and discard all the aphid covered parts. The Calendula plant responds quite well, and like a trooper, it keeps on growing, sometimes stronger than before!
      And as Richo mentioned, inviting a batch of Lady Bugs over for lunch keeps everything in check too!
      Good Luck 🌱

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    • Julie Belcher

      This is my first time planting calendula. Which variety do you recommend I buy; I live in southeast Virginia. I want the flowers for medicinal purposes. Is one variety better than another or are they pretty much the same.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Julie,
      Calendula is a good first herb to plant and a good first herb to use. Right now my highest quality Calendula seeds are the variety “Solis Sponsa.” We do carry a few different cultivars and they are used interchangeably with about the same results in herbal preparations. Only thing to avoid are excessively selected varietals like “Pacific Beauty” and these we do not sell.
      Richo

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    Kerry Keel

    Just found your site. I see a lot of information about medicinal plants, of which I am VERY interested. I live in south eastern Alabama, what would I need to produce a useful, general purpose garden of medicinal plants? I am thinking of common, and maybe some not so common needs people have because of sickness, or other common issues people have, such as sores, insect bite, sting, burns, aches and pain, to air/water borne diseases.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kerry,
      Well, Calendula is the best place to start. Beyond that, Saint Johns Wort, chamomile, valerian and comfrey. You probably already have many of the essentials–yarrow, burdock, dandelion, plantain and self heal nearby. If you don’t, then those are good suggestions as well. Check our LIFELINE seeds or SURVIVAL or ESSENTIAL MEDICINALS or indeed any of the hundreds of useful varieties you can locate at http://www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com
      we also suggest you read “making plant medicine” for the standard types and “growing at-risk” for the rare types.
      Richo

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    Rondi

    What is the difference between Succus extract and Calendula extract?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      A succus is basically a preserved juice–you grind up the fresh flowers, press them out in a tincture press and preserve back with a little alcohol. The extract you’re thinking of is probably Calendula tincture, which is best made from the dried flowers ground up and macerated with alcohol and water. Read “making plant medicine” for more info on all this. r

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    Steve

    Hi. Which Calendula is best for medicine?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Steve, Any of the 3 cultivars we have available in seed form are equally useful. You just want to avoid the “pacific beauty” type cultivars and you’ll be fine.
      Richo

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      Carrie

      Why avoid Pacific beauty?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      low resin content

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    judy keating

    will this grow on the central coast of CA (inland)

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Judy,
      Calendula grows almost anywhere. We recommend to plant directly in the garden as they are very sensitive to transplant.
      Richo

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    • Janet

      judy keating I have been growing them in the Central Coast (Inland] for years now and they do beautifully ?. Seems like they have been blooming all winter long.

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Janet,
      Yes, that’s the etymology of Calendula, blooms during every month of the “calends” (calender).
      Richo

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    Marie Irene Knoll

    Marie Irene Knoll

    100 % satisfaction. Absolutely love this company.

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