Calendula: Cultivation And Properties

calendula It is a beautiful flower and also a very simple plant to grow.

Putting it among the vegetables can be doubly beneficial: the flower has the effect of attract bees and other beneficial insects, the marigold plant has extraordinary medical properties .

The calendula officinalis It has always been used in natural medicine and cosmetics, but not only: its edible petals can be eaten in salads. Along with calendula and borage, it is one of the most common flowers to put in the garden.

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  • marigold flower

  • calendula officinalis plant

  • How to grow calendula

  • Usefulness of flowers in the garden

  • The uses of calendula

    • Calendula as officinal

    • Calendula in the kitchen

marigold flower

The calendula plant belongs to the Compositae or Asteraceae family, it is characterized by a bright yellow to orange head-shaped inflorescence depending on the variety.

The stem of the plant reaches a height of 50 cm, blooms from late spring to fall . There are around thirty species of calendula, let’s remember the calendula officinalis which is most common in cultivation, also known as calendula or orange blossom, and the calendula arvensis found spontaneously in meadows.

It can be grown in our garden as well for its flowers beautiful and with many properties, to enrich the environment with more biodiversity, We have already said why biodiversity is important for organic farming.

Calendula officinalis seed

Sowing. This flower normally it is sown in the nursery in March , keep in mind that the seeds germinate with temperatures of at least 15 degrees, in late spring calendula can be transplanted into the garden. If we want to sow directly in the garden, we can do it from April. It is not difficult to germinate officinalis marigold, it’s a plant able to spread reseeding For this reason, if it is placed in dedicated beds and can be left, it will probably naturally produce seeds that will keep the species present from year to year. Garden borders are also a great place to spread this flower.

Sixth floor . This is not a small flower: the marigold plant reaches a height of half a meter, when designing the garden we must take this into account. For this reason, when transplanting it is better to leave a good distance, we calculate about 30 cm between one plant and another . Those who do not cultivate marigolds to harvest flowers, but simply want to enrich the garden with biodiversity, can instead distribute the seedlings among other crops or plant them on edges and in uncultivated areas.

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