CALENDULA PACIFIC BEAUTY FLOWERS WITH THE NEW MOON! HERBS SEEDS HERB $2.20 $1.99

HERBALIST’S GARDEN – FLOWERS WITH THE NEW MOON!!! A HERBAL AND EDIBLE FLOWER! USE IN PLACE OF SAFFRON, SPICY AND TANGY FLAVOUR, THE MOST EXQUISITE CALENDULA FLOWER EVER – LOTS OF COLOURS – BIG FLOWERS WITH A STUNNING COLOUR! DROUGHT TOLERANT! GREAT TO BRIGHTEN UP SALADS AND TO PILE ON TOP OF CAKES FOR A BURST OF COLOUR!

CALENDULA – A GREAT HERBAL AND TOTALLY SPECTACULAR!

Description
The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month with every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honour her during Catholic events.

The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to colour cheese.

Calendula has historically been used as a food, adding flavour to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads for their brilliant colour. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections.

This old-fashioned flower has a long history as both an ornamental garden plant and as an herb. When dried, the petals of Calendula flowers provide a culinary substitute for saffron; in times past, they were used to give a rich colour to cheese or butter.

Medicinal uses included treatments for measles and smallpox, as well as for dressing wounds on the battlefield. As well as being the traditional flower for October birthdays, calendula symbolizes sorrow and sympathy.

Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula Germination: Direct sow in spring, planting ¼” below the surface. To start seed in pots, plant ¼” deep in individual pots or a flat; keep evenly moist and at a temperature of 15-20 degrees until germination, which should take place within 5-10 days.

If deadheaded regularly, it will produce profuse blossoms all season long; in hotter regions, it may stop blooming in the heat of summer and begin again in autumn. This plant will readily reseed itself. Calendula can also be grown in containers.

Harvesting Calendula: For fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately. For culinary use, cut flower heads that have just opened; spread them out away from direct sunlight to dry completely, turning them occasionally. When the flowers are crisp and dry, store them in an airtight container for up to a year. The dried petals can be used in place of saffron, or as a garnish to add colour and spice to dishes.

EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE SEEDS.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in a well-drained soil for them to thrive. They are tolerant of poor soil and will bloom satisfactorily in all conditions except deep shade and extreme heat.

Self-seeding plant that drops seeds onto the soil at the end of the season so choose a semi-permanent position or deadhead plants before they can drop seed or to prolong flowering.

Sow
Plant 15mm deep and 50cm apart in Spring and Autumn, sown direct or raise as seedlings in good quality potting mix.

Keep soil moist, not wet or dry.

Germination
7- 14 days at 20-22°C

Maturity
70 -80 days. Annual that will regrow every year if left to go to seed.

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