This Calendula (aka: Pot Marigold) Mix Heirloom Seeds has been hydroponically adapted to grow in a hydroponic, aeroponic, or aquaponic system like the Tower Garden FLEX or Farm Stand. Calendula is a herbaceous annual and grows well in cooler weather (as low as 25°F), but is not as strong in heat (although ours continued to grow in the SE heat and humidity into July when we placed it in an area that had afternoon shade.)
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date and transplant after the last spring frost. In the SE, calendula will bloom June-July. Calendula prefers full sun, but as it begins to hit summer months, give it partial shade to prolong the growing season.
Calendula is ready to harvest when the bloom's petals begin to open fully to the sun. Calendula petals are edible and the entire calendula flower can be used in healing skin ointments, salves, oils, and teas. Calendula flowers also are great at attracting pollinators like bees, butterflies to your garden.
Calendula can also be grown as a trap crop (leaves are aromatic and slightly sticky). A trap crop attracts aphids, whiteflies, and thrips from other garden plants making it an excellent companion plant near cucumbers, peas, and tomatoes. It is said that calendula also protects vegetables against asparagus beetles and tomato hornworms. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering and pinch out shoots to encourage bushy growth.
Calendula is believed to stimulate the immune system, good for restoring and healing skin, helpful in healing fungal infections and yeast infections, aids with muscle twitches, and much more. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and is used in some insect repellants. Note: you should not use calendula if you are allergic to ragweed, daisies, marigold, or plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Doing so could cause an allergic reaction.
Calendula petals can be removed from the flower bud and sprinkled on top of salads to add a splash of color and interest (petals are edible.) Petals can also be dried and used in the winter months as a saffron substitute in soups, dishes or as a tea.
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" in the product description mean? [Answer]
• Hydroponic-Adapted Seed:
Recommended for Hydroponic | Aeroponic | Aquaponic growing conditions
• Grown using organic growing practices on our farm
• Hydroponic Growers: Plant 1-2 seeds p/ 1.5” rock wool cube
• Grow outside, full sun, during the cool season (nightly temps above 50ºF)
May begin to bolt (go to seed) when temps go above 90ºF
• Can be grown inside under grow lights (with temps above 60ºF)
• Seed has been tested for ideal germination
• Open Field (no other competing varieties grown within ISO)
• 60 Days to Maturation
• Approx. 20 seeds p/packet
Grow your health gardening and visually dress up your salads with calendula and dry extra blooms to use in teas and oil tinctures.