Growing calendula from seeds is a relatively simple process. Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a hardy annual plant with bright, daisy-like flowers. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you grow calendula from seeds:


Calendula seeds can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors, depending on your climate. In colder regions, you can start seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date.
Soil Preparation:

Calendula prefers well-draining soil. Prepare the soil by adding organic matter, such as compost, to improve fertility and structure.
Sowing Seeds Indoors:

Fill seed trays or small pots with seed-starting mix.
Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep. Water the soil thoroughly after planting.
Place the trays or pots in a warm location, and cover them with plastic wrap or a humidity dome to create a greenhouse effect.

Calendula seeds typically germinate in 5-14 days. Once the seedlings have a few leaves, remove the covering and place them in a location with plenty of sunlight.

If you started seeds indoors, transplant the seedlings outdoors after the last frost when the soil has warmed up.
Space the plants about 12 to 18 inches apart.
Direct Sowing:

If you prefer, you can directly sow calendula seeds in the garden after the last frost. Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and thin the seedlings as they grow.
Sunlight and Water:

Calendula thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Ensure that the plants receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.
Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Calendula is not a heavy feeder, but you can apply a balanced fertilizer once or twice during the growing season to promote healthy growth.

Remove spent flowers regularly (deadheading) to encourage continuous blooming.
Pest and Disease Control:

Calendula is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but you should monitor for any issues. If necessary, treat with organic pest control methods.
Harvesting Seeds:

Allow some flowers to go to seed if you want to collect them for the next growing season. Harvest the dried seed heads, and store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
By following these steps, you should be able to grow beautiful calendula plants from seeds. Enjoy the vibrant and cheerful flowers in your garden!

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