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Calendula Art Shades Seeds
Calendula Art Shades Seeds

Calendula 'Art Shades' Seeds

Colourful, frilly blooms all summer long!
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Edible
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
  • A hardy annual, can be sown indoors or outdoors where it is to flower.
  • An easy-to-grow, enduring cottage garden favourite for beds, borders and pots.
  • Robust and reliable in wet or dry summers, and will flower into autumn.
  • Petals are edible – scatter them in salads or use instead of saffron or nutmeg.
  • Supplied as a packet of 200 (approx.) seeds ready to sow indoors or outdoors.
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Product Description

Calendula ‘Art Shades’, otherwise known as English or pot marigold, is an enduring cottage garden favourite that looks equally at home in traditional or contemporary planting schemes, where the richly coloured flowers will add cheerful character to your beds, borders or pots. They make a great cut flower for your vase, too, and the dried flowers are also excellent added to pot pourri.

This easy-to-grow hardy annual produces masses of frilly petalled, fully double blooms in shades of creamy peach, orange, gold and yellow. They are hugely attractive to many beneficial insects, so make a great companion plant for your kitchen garden. In fact, the petals are edible, with a slightly peppery taste, and make a colourful garnish or addition to salads. They can also be used instead of saffron for colouring rice dishes, or in soups, stews or curries – or even as a substitute for nutmeg, sprinkled over rice pudding. The ancient Egyptians used calendula as a rejuvenating herb and the flowers have been used for centuries in cosmetics and creams for their therapeutic properties.

The seeds can be sown directly into their flowering position or started off in seed trays indoors. Either way, they will flower in the same year as sowing. Calendulas thrive in a sunny spot in well-prepared, fertile soil or compost. Once established, these robust little beauties will do equally well through a wet or dry season, and with regular watering and dead-heading will flower all summer long, well into the first frosts of autumn.

Supplied as a packet of 200 (approx.) seeds ready to sow outdoors in their flowering position or indoors into trays of compost. Growing to a height of 60cm (24in) and spread of 30cm (12in), sow or transplant outdoors from March to June and again from August to October, directly where they are to flower. Late summer and autumn sowings will flower the following year. Spring sowings will take 10-12 weeks to flower.

What Is Supplied

Item 760034 supplied as:

Supplied as a packet of 200 (approx.) seeds ready to sow outdoors.

Flowers are edible.
Performance subject to growing conditions.
Origin UK.

Plant Information

Top Tips

  • Remove dead flowers to prolong flowering season.
  • Sow a few seeds late June and in most years, you will have blooms until the first frosts.
  • Sowings made in curves rather than straight lines can create a more pleasing and natural effect.

Care Guide

How to grow Calendula ‘Art Shades’

  • Sow outdoors, March to May or August to October, where they are to flower, 0.5cm (¼in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil that has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days. Water well until established. Thin seedlings to 23cm (9in) apart to allow for their development and those removed can be transplanted. For a continuous display, make sowings at 2-3-weekly intervals. Late summer and autumn sowings will flower the following year.
  • Or sow indoors, February to April, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a greenhouse or cold frame. Keep moist. Transplant seedlings 5cm (2in) apart to other trays when large enough to handle. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions before planting out 23cm (9in) apart.

Aftercare

  • Keep weed-free and dead-head regularly to extend the flowering season.
  • Keep moist, watering through very dry spells.
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
60cm
30cm
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Calendula 'Art Shades' Seeds
Calendula 'Art Shades' Seeds
200 Seeds
Item: 760034
Only £2.99