Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer and autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Calendula are annuals or woody-based perennials that are often known as the common ‘Marigold’ with often divine aromatic foliage, thick regal stems and large, showy daisy-like flower heads. Calendula are produced in vibrant shades of orange or yellow, appearing in abundance throughout summer. Calendula are best suited to flower beds and borders within courtyard, informal and cottage garden settings. You should expect to see Calendula grow to an approximate height of 45cm (18”) and a spread of 30cm (12”).
Calendula are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, sand and chalk within a neutral, acidic or alkaline PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade. Amend the planting area with well-rotten manure or compost to improve overall soil conditions. Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the width of your Calendula, spreading the roots out before settling into place. Space companion plants 30cm (12”) apart to allow sufficient room for plants to grow as they mature. After planting, water thoroughly and deeply.
Water Calendula freely throughout active growth and sustained periods of dry weather. Apply a liquid fertiliser throughout the season to promote better flower quality and foliage. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to extend the blooming period and provide a layer of mulch around the base to retain moisture levels and prevent weeds.
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