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Calendula Cit Back or Leave

harmonyharmony Posts: 396
Hi, my calendula are going to seed now but still have plenty of flowers and buds. I am reluctant to cut back at the moment but want to know if I should leave them alone for the winter or cut back. I do want them to self seed and have already collected a few seeds.


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,636
    They are annuals so will die with the cold and need pulling up.  If you're after seeds, just leave the plants till they've gone black in the frosts or you have collected enough seeds if that's sooner.
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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    edited November 2018
    While some common marigolds are indeed annuals, others are perennials and it also depends on where you are as to whether they will survive the winter and the relatively mild winters of recent years has meant that many survive to flower the next year and beyond.

    Where I am in Sheffield I have several that have been going for a few years. I just trim off any dead or dying stems back to the main stem or the new growth lower down the stem.
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