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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.
Cultivation of Pot Marigold Plants
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.
Pot Marigold Pests and Diseases
Marigolds are susceptible to mildew and / or rust on leaves and stems. Sometimes caterpillars can become a problem.