Pot Marigold Seeds (Calendula officinalis)
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The picture above shows a delightful pot marigold flower in all its glory. Just imagine how beautiful your garden would look with a large swathe of them in your borders!
Part of the Asteraceae daisy family, pot marigold's latin name is Calendula officinalis. There are about 20 varieties of calendula in all, of which officinalis is the most commonly grown.
Pot marigold goes by a number of different names, depending on where you live in the world. Some of those include common marigold, ruddles, garden marigold, Scottish marigold and English marigold.
Historically, people grew pot marigold for use as an ingredient in food and, because of its reputed healing properties, in anti-inflammatory and antiseptic salves and lotions.
In fact, it was its use in cooking that led to the 'pot' part of its name, since in Germany it was often added to pots containing soup or stew.
Pot marigold was also used as a dye. The orange petals can add colour to cheeses and other dishes and, in terms of taste, they are said to have a peppery flavour which are great in salads.
Another reason pot marigold is such a popular flower to grow is because it isn't too fussy about where it is planted and happily tolerates most soil types. So, if you are just starting out as a gardener and are looking for great results with minimum difficulty, then give pot marigold a try!
However, in order to maximise the changes of growing pot marigold successfully, you can give a little thought to soil and location. Ideally, sow the pot marigold seeds in rich, loose soil. Try and choose a location that will get plenty of sunlight will certainly help produce beautiful flowers.
The seeds are normally sown in spring, so all being well, you should see flowers from June onwards.
Once you have a beautiful crop of flowers, water them regularly and in order to prolong the flowering period, deadhead where necessary.
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