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Calendula 'Resina' Organic
Calendula 'Resina' Organic
Organic Seed

Calendula 'Resina' Organic

Calendula officinalis
Steeped in history, the Marygold—one of its many pet names—was the subject of Shakespeare's poetry, a staple in medieval recipes and dye pots, indispensable in herbals, and its magical properties guarded homes and slumberers against evil spirits while spiking dreams with prophecies. Once called "the flower of grief," for dewdrops gather in the flower during the night and drip off like tears when it opens in the morning. This quirk moved Shakespeare to write in "A Winter's Tale": "The Marigold that goes to bed with the sun, And with him rises weeping." The single flowers of this variety are full of potent monoesters and carotenoids only found in this species–impressive for such a seemingly simple flower! Self-sows.
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Growing Companions
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Approximate Seeds Per Packet
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1.5-2' h x 1' w
Full sun
Regular to rich, well-drained
Spring to fall
Mix of orange shades
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Certified Organic Seed Available
Sprout Time:
5-14 days
Seed To Bloom:
12-14 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start in containers 4-6 weeks before last spring frost. Germinate at 65-70°F, then grow at 55-60°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Recommended. Direct sow in early to mid-spring, just before the last average frost, and again in midsummer for fall bloom; early autumn only in mild winter areas (zones 8-10).
In springtime, after frost.
Calendula is a versatile plant and an age-old favorite flower. It is a classic cottage garden staple, an easy-to-grow selection for children's gardens, a valuable companion plant in vegetable gardens, and an edible and medicinal wonder. It's vividly colored or pastel flowers are lovely in bouquets, especially when paired with cornflowers. Deadheading encourages the plant to continue blooming and prevents it from going to seed too quickly. Calendulas prefer cooler weather, so if they start to flag in the heat, it's best to cut them back by 1/3 and add a side dressing of compost to help them revive and prepare for a fall show—a second sowing in July results in extra large fall-blooming flowers. One of the benefits of calendula is that it often self-sows, so you may find new plants popping up next season.
Final Spacing:
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
About 1" per week, moderate tolerance to dry soils once established.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral
Mix in 1-2" of compost when planting into low fertility soils.
Diseases & Pests:
Calendula can be susceptible to powdery mildew—prevent by growing in a good airy location. If mildew is detected, treat it with an organic fungicide. Aphids and tarnished plant bugs may be present—control aphids with sprays of water or insecticidal soaps that also control tarnished plant bugs. Snails and slugs may damage young seedlings. If these pests are present, treat the surrounding soil with iron phosphate pellets. The virus aster yellows, transmitted by leafhoppers, is characterized by twisted growth, pale green leaves, and deformed blooms. Pull up and discard and treat the garden for leafhoppers.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Wait until flowers have fully opened. Disbudding to one main bud on stem will result in larger flowers.