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Sowing Calendula Seeds Late Summer/Early Autumn

harmonyharmony Posts: 398
Hi, i'm wanting to sow calendula seeds so they flower earlier next year, i've grown from seed this year and they are now beautiful but would really love to have them flowering as early as possible next year so advice would be welcome. Also does anyone know where to buy the really old fashioned calendula seed, the ones I remember as a kid growing wild were quite compact and sturdy and just seemed to self seed year after year.


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Harmony, Send me your address in a Pm and I'll send you some seeds.  I leave them to self seed. I get early flowers from the ones that grew the year before.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,166
    The real seed company used to do a good pot marigold seed mix. I'm still getting enough self-sown seedlings each year to transplant into several large pots.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Like josusa47, I've also usually got spare self-saved seeds. Great wildlife-friendly and companion plants. Calendula are pretty hardy, so might even survive the winter in the ground, depending on where you are, if you can establish them now.

    Alternatively, if you have a greenhouse, they would probably survive in pots over winter ready to plant out in spring.

    Are you dead-heading? I do that and get them flowering for months on end.

    @harmony for the traditional Pot Marigolds I think you're talking about, you could try here:

    For the mix suggested by @wildedges you can find it here:

    Or contact josusa47 and/or me for some spare seeds :)

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