Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with Balls Improved Orange Calendula, from freshly harvested Calendula officinalis flower seeds. Balls Improved Orange will produce 2.5 inch, bright orange flowers, atop attractive foliage. The leaves are oblong and lance shaped. Each Balls Improved Orange Calendula plant will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall. The blooms themselves consist of rows of fairly spaced petals, resembling a zinnia's formation.
Balls Improved Orange is categorized as an annual flowering plant. Annuals will grow quickly from fresh flower seeds, bloom profusely through the summer months, and later die with the first killing frost. If seeds are collected from the Balls Improved Orange Calendula, new plants can be established the following spring. Calendula plants can also readily self seed, by dropping their seeds to the bare ground beneath. Although Ball's Improved Orange, as well as other Calendula, won't require much maintenance, we do recommend deadheading the plants. Deadheading, or the removal of old, spent blooms will prolong bloom time, up until the end of the Autumn season. If you don't deadhead your Calendula blooms, the plants are known to go directly to seed, thus ending the flowering cycle.
Balls Improved Orange Calendula is a versatile, flowering plant. They can be grown directly in the garden, in flower beds, raised beds, along fences, driveways & walkways, or even in pots and containers as well. Calendula, also referred to as "Pot Marigold," is an edible flowering plant, which can be added to salads or enjoyed as a garnish. The Pot Marigold is also used for it's oils & is often times used as a medicinal herb as well.
Sowing The Seed
Calendula seeds can be sown indoors, or directly outdoors as well. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow 3 to 4 seeds per pot, at a shallow depth of about 1/16" under topsoil. Transplant entire peat pots into the garden, or direct sow when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Calendula plants will thrive in an area of full sunlight to light shade. They prefer temperatures that are around 70F and aren't too picky on soil conditions. Actually, Calendula plants can thrive in even the poorest, sandy soils. Just make sure that the sowing medium is well drained. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water daily with a spray bottle, or mist setting to avoid drowning the seeds.
Germination & Growth
Calendula seeds are known to germinate in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants can reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall and can be spaced about 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Balls Improved Orange will produce gorgeous, 2.5 inch, orange blooms. The flower heads are edible and go great in salads, to add a bit of extra color.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Seed Needs, we have a strong stance against GMO based seed products. We promise to NEVER knowingly carry, or ship GMO based seed products.
Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
Answer: At this time we do not offer certified organic seed varieties. Although some of the seeds in our shop may be from organic suppliers, we do not have the rights label them as such.
Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
Answer: Yes, we carry a diverse selection of heirloom seeds that are sourced from professional growers that are located all over the globe. A small selection of varieties are Hybrids, and are labeled as such on the product listings.
Question: Are you located within the United States?
Answer: Yes, we store and ship all of our seeds from New Baltimore, Michigan.
Question: Do you ship out of the USA?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and to Canada.
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