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Calendula officinalis 'Summer Sunset' - Seeds

A dazzling mix of double and crested blooms in vibrant sunset shades

Easy to grow hardy annuals

Perfect for filling beds,borders and patio pots

This product is produced and supplied in association with Thompson & Morgan

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Fill beds and borders with the dazzling, double and crested blooms of Calendula officinalis 'Summer Sunset'. Bright orange and yellow daisy flowers mingle with muted creams and apricots for a wonderful display that will last the whole summer. Commonly known as Pot Marigolds, these hardy annuals are reliable and easy to grow, thriving on almost any soil. The nectar-rich blooms are a magnet for pollinating insects, and they make great cut flowers too. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. The light peppery taste of the flowers can be added to breads for extra flavour with a touch of colour. Can also be used as a substitute for saffron when colouring rice dishes. For more details about edible flowers click here.


1 Packet (175 Seeds) (KB4562)

Direct sow calendula seeds outdoors where they are to grow from April to May. Choose a position in full sun on well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 1cm (1/2") in drills spaced 30cm (12") apart and cover seed with its own depth of soil to exclude light. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes 5-10 days. When calendula seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 30cm (12") apart.

Alternatively, sow indoors from March to April at a temperature of 18-23C (65-73F). When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. For winter or early spring flowering, sow calendula in late summer or early autumn and grow plants on in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.

Water regularly until plants are fully established. Deadhead faded calendula flowers to encourage more blooms to be produced and prevent them from self seeding. Culinary note: Calendula flowers are edible. The petals have been used as a substitute for saffron, and they make a bright and zesty addition to salads.

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