Its gold and orange flowers bloom from spring until the first light fall frost. Grow it for its sunny beauty in containers, borders, or parking strips. Then save some blooms for fresh or dried floral arrangements; dried petals can be used in baking or teas. Calendula gets its common name, Pot Marigold, becuase the flower resembles a marigold, and is often used in pots of soup or stew for both color and flavor. Fresh petals add beauty to salads or egg dishes.
Sow outside 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. In mild, frost-free climates may also be sown in fall for winter bloom.
When to start indoors: 6 to 8 weeks before average last frost
Days to emerge: 5 – 15 days
Seed depth: 1/4 to 1/2 inches
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12 inches
Thinning: When 2 inches tall thin to 1 every 12 inches