Today we are going to see how to get calendula seeds, so that you can sow them again the following season and always have this plant in your garden. We saw another time when to plant calendula in the orchard, this tutorial is therefore used to close the loop on the other steps.
Let’s not forget that this plant is very beautiful, but above all it has medicinal properties that are not despicable. For starters, it is one of the most powerful skin regenerators and healers, for treating small wounds, cracks, cuts or calluses. It is precisely for this reason that many hand and face creams. Even many creams for diaper rash in babies are made from this plant.
It is also very effective in infusion and is used to treat gastric ulcers, gingivitis, pharyngitis, bone and joint diseases, among many other uses.
But it also helps our cultures. The advantages of marigold plant in the orchard, they are multiple, as they prevent many pests from going to other plants and having fun there, in addition to controlling the nematodes that usually attack peppers and tomatoes. This is due to a natural insecticidal effect that emanates from its roots.
In addition, planting it with other vegetables will provide an additional supply of phosphorus, since its roots accumulate this nutrient, which is expelled when the plant dies. And as if that were not enough, it attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects to increase the production of our garden.
How to get calendula seeds from our plants
As I explain in the video below, where you can see how to get marigold seeds from our dry plants, from those that are already beginning to dry out when autumn arrives, the right time will depend on the climate of the region. In the warmer regions it will be more in the middle of the season, and in the colder ones, as in my case, more at the beginning.
In any case, there are several things that we must pay attention to. For example, that the flowers are already brown and dry. But we must be careful that they do not dry out so much, otherwise the seeds will fall.
As seen in the video, some seeds have even fallen off and germinated, while others haven’t finished drying yet. For this reason, I advise you to go for every day until you see the perfect moment. These seeds that have germinated and are beginning to sprout, help us to see what is happening but not to have new plants, because they will not survive the winter.
Those that are ready are harvested by cutting the dried flowers with the seeds:
We will cut them with small scissors all the flowers that are ready and have seeds, and we will keep them all in a container with a lid.
Then we separate what would be the seed from the rest of the dry plant. Seeds are those little curved-shaped things that look like some sort of dried caterpillar. We can shake the container a bit to separate the seeds from the dry plant remains that have been strained.
Once this is done, we take the seeds with tweezers or by hand, depending on our skill, and place them on newspaper. We leave them in the sun for two days to eliminate moisture. This way we make sure they dry properly.
Once this time has passed, checking that there is no humidity, we place them in a glass jar or in airtight bags, to keep them and be able to replant next year. With a marker we put the name of the seed and the date, to take into account the year in which they were obtained and the species. If we have few seeds, it would not be necessary, but when we have a sufficient quantity, it is strongly recommended to label it well to avoid confusion between crops.
Once we have obtained our calendula seeds, we place them in a cool, dry place, preferably dark and out of direct sunlight, and we can use them in the seasons to come. I advise not to keep them for more than 4 or 5 years. But since we are going to replant, we can always repeat the process.
I hope you have learned how to get calendula seeds from your own flowers. This way, you don’t have to worry about collecting seeds to replant.
If you are interested, you can read our article on how to get seedsa complete guide with many videos from our channel, with detailed explanations to have them when you need them and be more and more autonomous in your crops.
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