Would like advice on growing Calendula either in garden, pot, or flower bed - starting with seeds.
This article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/calendula/growing-calendula.htm
We have some calendula seeds and it says they are half annual. What does this mean?
Well-l-l-l, that's a bit of a puzzle. Calendula are annual plants, meaning they grow, flower, and make seeds in one season (year.) Some plants are biennial, meaning they spend their first year growing, and the second year producing flowers and making seeds. Half annual, or semi annual, means 1/2 a year, or every 6 months; it can refer to interest compounding, or magazine publication , but I've never seen any reference to half annual being applied to plants of any kind. Now, some varieties of calendula are described as half double, so perhaps there's a misprint on the label. In case there are other errors, here's a piece on calendula: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/calendula/growing-calendula.htm
Do calendulas grow each year or are they just an annual plant? I am growing some calendulas. I understand that they do better if deadheaded regularly. Do they need cutting back in winter and then they come again, or are they just an annual and need to be replaced each year? Thanks.
Calendulas are classified as "Annuals or short-lived perennials." It's winter survival is poor in colder regions nor does it tolerate extreme heat. However, this doesn't mean you can't try and see what happens - I would go ahead and cut it back and see if it comes back the following spring.
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What is the average height and width of Calendula plant?
Calendula officinalis will reach 1 to 3 feet in height and spread out about 10 inches to 2 feet wide. These measurements may depend on the specific variety and how closely they are spaced.
I am in Zone 8b....Can CALENDULA live and flourish here if not directly in sun. It gets very hot in Mississippi (Jackson area)
You should have no problem growing Calendula in your garden. Look for a planting location that is morning sun instead of the hot afternoon sunshine.
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I would like to see what the seed looks like please
Calendula seed is easy to collect. Store in a glass jar once it is thoroughly dry. Here is a trove of seed pictures. https://www.google.com/search?q=calendula+seed&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwisxZ3OzcXcAhWJ5YMKHSiHCvYQ_AUICigB&biw=1391&bih=766
I have fallen in love with calendulas. I want to grow more, more varieties and use the flowers for infused oil and skin care. Can you suggest a good book to help me?
We don't usually suggest places to purchase, or specific products. I would check online stores such as Amazon, Etsy, or Ebay.
What I can do is offer out entire collection of articles pertaining to growing the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/category/ornamental/flowers/calendula