Calendula, Solis Sponsa, packet of 20 seeds, organic

$3.95$31.10

Family:  Aster (Asteracea)

(Bride of the Sun) Annual.  40 to 50 days to maturity.  Seed originally from England.  Plants very large and powerful in our growout, making a mixture of colors:  orange with orange disc; orange with dark disc; yellow with dark disc.  In the field, we accrued plenty of calendula hash when picking.  A tincture made with these flowers developed a delicate aroma and a bright orange color.  Traditional Use (TWM):  Fresh or dried flowers antiseptic and healing agent when made into salve, succus, tincture, or simply masticated and applied to the injury.  Inhibits inflammation, promotes formation of granulation tissue in wounds, general antiseptic.  The flowers, when boiled, yield a bright yellow-orange dye. Sow the seed directly in the garden in the early spring, or grow as a container plant.  Very warm soil temps retard germination.   Space plants 6 inches to a foot apart.

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

20 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown

 

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  1. Question

    Dana

    Hi,I presume that all of the Calendula varieties will cross with each other? How far apart would I need to keep the varieties to maintain each variety?
    Love your seeds and plants! Thank you, Dana

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Dana,
      Calendula does easily cross and is also fairly easily cleaned up if you want to select back to a single color. I grow my patches miles apart because they tend to hybridize if grown on the same farm.
      Richo

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    • Rebecca

      Can I sow this in the fall in Spokane ,Wa ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca,
      Yes, calendula is very fast to flower and does well in cool soils.
      Richo

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    • Teresa

      Can you sow in the fall in zone 5?

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hi Teresa, Anything is possible, but if you look at the way the plant works in nature, then fall-sown seeds germinate and grow in the spring. If that’s what you’re trying to do, then fall sowing can provide very early blossoms the next spring, earlier than with spring-sown seeds. If you’re trying to get a quick fall crop, then the seeds should be planted now, and you might have trouble with germination–calendula doesn’t germinate very well in summer-warmed soils. Richo

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