Height: 12 Inches
Bloom Season: Spring to Fall
Environment: Full Sun/Moist
Zones: All Regions of North America
Very easy to grow, and an adaptive plant that will prosper under most conditions. Calendula is native to the Canary Islands, South and Central Europe, and North Africa, and it is an old English cottage garden flower. If you are looking for something with large, beautiful flowers that is easy to grow, this is the plant. The Pink Surprise has 5 inch bright orange, double, daisy-like flowers. They bloom and perform best in cool weather, but will bloom satisfactorily in all conditions except deep shade and extreme heat. In warm climates, they bloom fall through spring and in cool climates, spring and early summer.
Prefers full sun locations. The plant is very adaptive to soils types, as long as it is in well drained soils. The soils should be kept moist but not soggy. You can plant Calendula in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked, and in warm climates plant in late summer or early fall for winter/spring bloom. The Calendula is a long lasting cut flower and looks great planted in masses, such as in borders, parking strips and containers.
Sow Inside: 6-8 weeks before last frost
Sow Outside: Spring/Fall in zones 7-10
Seed Depth: 1/4 Inch
Days to Emerge: 10 - 20