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Pot Marigold / Calendula

Pot Marigold Flower Description

As it is one of the easiest hardy annual to grow the pot marigold flower is very popular. Pot marigold flowers have a somewhat daisy-like appearance and come in shades of yellow and orange. This flower gets its name from the fact that the blooms and leaves were formerly used for cooking purposes.

Marigold varieties reach heights from 45 to 60cm however some dwarf varieties reach just 30cm. Marigolds can do well in poor soil and long-stemmed varieties are useful in flower arrangements.

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Cultivation of Pot Marigold Plants

Pot Marigold Flowers

Pot marigolds can do well in poor soil and with little by way of attention. However to get the best from this hardy flowering plant marigolds should be planted in good soil that has good drainage.

Marigold seeds should be sown in their permanent site from early spring. For late spring flower displays seeds should be sown during the previous autumn. Individual plants should be thinned out to about 35cm apart.

To avoid self-seeding and to prolong flowering regular deadheading is recommended.

Popular Varieties of Pot Marigold

The following lists some popular varieties of Pot Marigold.

Kablouna Gold Bright yellow flowers with brown centre
Fiesta Gitana

Cream, yellow, orange blooms, double flowers, dark centre, dwarf

Art Shades Cream, yellow, apricot, orange blossoms, large
Indian Prince Orange flowers, semi-double, brown centre

Orange blossoms, good for cutting and display

Apricot Bon Bon Apricot, double blooms, dwarf
Lemon Queen Lemon blooms, doubles

Pot Marigold Pests and Diseases

Marigolds are susceptible to mildew and / or rust on leaves and stems. Sometimes caterpillars can become a problem.

Height 30 - 60cm

Pot Marigold - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 35cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from late spring until first frost Order Asterales
Well-drained soil Family Asteraceae
Sunny or light shade position Genus Calendula
Hardy annual    
Flowers Index Cornflower Hyacinth Pot Marigold
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Ageratum Daffodil Lily of the Valley Snapdragon
Alstroemeria Dahlia Lobelia Snowdrop
Anemone Daisy Marigold Stock
Babys Breath Delphinium Pansy Sunflower
Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland Freesia Petunia Sweet Pea
Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
Chrysanthemum Hollyhock Poppy Wallflower

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