How to Grow Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)

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Pot marigold, or calendula officinalis, is a gorgeous perennial plant that is easy to grow as a garden flower. Start growing calendula by seed in the spring with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on flower gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about how to grow calendula. And it's a gorgeous perennial, or annual in some areas, that is from the Mediterranean. Calendula officianalis is also known as the common marigold, the pot marigold, or the Scotch marigold, and they're originally from the Mediterranean, so any of the areas in northern Africa, or southern Europe, they are native. And they're easy to grow as a garden flower, as well, and you just start them by seed in the spring and they'll bloom all summer, and then fade away in the first freezes, and then you just start them in the spring again. So when you start your calendulas by seed, make sure and plant them out after the first chance that there's going to be no freeze, so it should be at least above 40 to 50 degrees at night when you start them. You can start them inside earlier, too, to get blooms earlier in the season, and then just put them outside as soon as it's at least 70 or above. And they'll bloom all summer long. So calendula are actually an herb, so they're very very popular plant as an herb; they have a lot of medicinal qualities as well. But they're an easy garden plant to grow too.