Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula Guide
Pacific Beauty mix calendula grows in a wide range of weather between 45°F-80°F. They can tolerate cooler temperatures but may stop flowering during the peak heat of summer. They do great in containers and gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends direct seeding.
If Direct Seeding
- Direct seed outside 3-4 weeks after last frost date; or
- Direct seed into a container 12 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 45°F-80°F; or
Start the calendula seeds indoors two weeks before the last frost date in biodegradable pods that will let the roots grow; germination is best between 60°F-80°F. It can be transplanted outside 4 weeks later. Sow the seeds ¼ inch deep, 1-2 inches apart with rows spaced 16-18 inches apart. Germination will take 6-14 days.
Calendula is quite hardy and do well in most types of soil but will thrive in well-draining, fertile soil high in organic matter or aged compost. Calendula likes full sun and partial shade. Water thoroughly but infrequently letting dry between watering. Do not water from overhead as wet foliage will lead to disease. Mulch can be added to retain moisture and deter weeds – they do not usually require fertilizer.
Calendula is full grown (mature) in 45-56 days. You can snip the flowers which are edible or use them for decoration. The leaves, stem, and petals can be used for tea. Dry them upside down in bunches and store in a cool, dark space. Deadheading often extends the growing season of the blooms and encourages growth.
Powdery mildew, aphids – pick off, neem oil, avoid soggy soil and overwatering.
*Companion plant Pacific beauty Mix Calendula with asparagus, basil, cabbage, and tomatoes. Avoid planting with beans.*