Calendula, Orange (Calendula officinalis) seeds, organic

(6 customer reviews)

$3.95$214.00

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.  Best organic calendula seeds.

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

    Mary Stracensky (verified owner)

    I’ve planted calendula for the past 2 years and every season they are full of aphids. I’ve hosed the plants down frequently but the aphids return en mass. My daughter also plants her 30 miles away and gets no aphids. I’m in RI zone 6a. Any ideas? I love this flower.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Mary,
      Thanks for getting in touch. It isn’t clear to me if you’re starting the calendula indoors and transplanting, or if you’re direct-seeding. Calendula plants sown from seed directly in the spring garden rarely get aphids. Its usually when you start them indoors that aphids can sometimes be a problem. Aphid infestation is species-specific and some plants never get them while others are nearly immune. Calendula is sorta in the middle of that spectrum. Without going into a whole spiel on integrated pest management, I would like to say that aphids are best controlled early on. If you let them encrust a plant, given that one aphid mamma makes a godzillian babies, really, you’re lost. The best thing to do is remove the infected plant and start over. Ants farm aphids, and if you see ants starting to climb up your plants, pay attention, they’re not just mini-mountaineers, they’re aphid milkers. Here’s the trick. Purchase a bar of neem oil soap. Get a clean bucket and put it in the sink. Run the hot water until its as hot as it gets. Then direct the hot water into the bucket while simultaneously cheese-grating the neem oil soap into the stream so that the curls of neem oil soap are immediately dissolved in the hot water. Use 1/2 oz soap per 5-gallon bucket. Set the bucket aside to cool. The soapy water will be milky but not particularly sudsy. Use a generic spray bottle filled with this soap solution, and spray your aphid-suspect plants daily, above side and underside of leaf. This will discourage the ants and the aphids. It is not a strong enough insecticide to create the usual leaf burning, and can be performed morning, noon or night. In fact plants love the dilute, soapy water. This treatment can be repeated repeatedly. It will save your plants and increase yields without compromising plant growth, photosynthesis or integrity of medicine. Richo

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    Tessa Cohen

    Is this resina?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi tessa, no, resina was a name given to a mixed yellow and orange strain. i never found them to have any more resin than the one you’re on here, the orange calendula. richo

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    Jerrica Sweetnich

    Hi I’m in zone 6 in Ohio It’s been 90 and humid so I started my calendula seeds in a pot inside and they’re coming up beautifully. If I transplant jn ground now, with the heat, will they die? Or would it be best to wait to transplant them until fall. Thanks!

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  4. Question

    Bob

    Is this the Calendula Calypso Orange?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi bob, no, calypso can make varicolored flowers, our orange calendula just makes one color. I saw the writeup online about thiophenes and calypso, and that too is different. our calendula has the resins and flavonoids. r

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  5. Question

    Eyal Barta

    Hi guys, love your site. Can I possibly sow Calendula seeds in the fall (right now?) indoors? thx.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Eyal,
      Calendula likes a bit of cold to germinate. Some of the seeds will come up if sowed right away into warm conditions but you’ll get a higher germ rate by sowing outdoors in the fall or early spring. Think about how the plant reproduces in nature–the seeds fall to the ground in the fall and mainly don’t germinate until the spring. Anyway, you can sow them now indoors if you want to and see what happens.
      Richo

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    • LA (verified owner)

      Hi, I planted strictly medicinal calendula seeds & two different types of calendula flowers have bloomed—one orange & the other yellow. I am not sure why they look so different, is this typical to see? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      We do carry both orange and yellow cultivars so this would make sense if you planted mixed calendula. the active principles are similar regardless of color. r

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  6. 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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  7. 7 out of 7 people found this helpful
    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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    • Beverly Jeans (verified owner)

      We couldn’t agree more <3

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    • Jess

      Hey there live in Colorado at about 6500ft very alkaline soil just purchased Montana and I have a creek in my yard, should I plant by the river Under the trees or create a row with peat and compost added into out native clay soil? Also should I sow direct into the ground or transplant? Thanks peace n love

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi Jess, If you’re talking about Arnica montana then I think the moist, boggy spot would be good. Yes, you can augment with peat moss. Richo

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    • Jess

      Thanks so much would you recommend direct sowing or start in trays? It’s averaging about 35-50 at night and I’m afraid I’m to late in spring to start. I’m doing arnica and calendula I was thinking of doing your recommended 80% peat 20% worm castings in trays then transplant when established by the river with more peat n worm castings in native clay soil. Hopefully I’m in the right direction both new plants for me so completely clueless haha thanks for your time to answer my questions appreciate you !

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      these can be started indoors and should be transplanted very early so as not to overgrow in pots. i without exception direct-seed mine, it is really the best way to do it.

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  8. Question

    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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    • 5 out of 5 people found this helpful

      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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  10. Question

    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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  12. Question

    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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  13. 5 out of 6 people found this helpful
    Marie Irene Knoll

    Marie Irene Knoll

    100 % satisfaction. Absolutely love this company.

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