Balls Orange

Calendula Seed


The Balls Orange Calendula is an old-fashioned variety that has a large, fully double, orange blossoms that are perfect for cutting. This variety grows to be 24 inches tall and produces beautiful edible flower petals. The Balls Orange is suitable for cutting, beds and borders, and the pollinator garden.


Learning Download: How to Grow Calendula

In addition to bringing a bright burst of color to the garden, Calendula flowers are grown to be used as a medical salve and the flowers are edible. The blooms are frost tolerant, which creates long-lasting color in the garden.

Before Planting: Calendulas prefer full sun but will grow in partial shade. They like rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0, but the flowers will tolerate poor soil as well.

Planting: Sow Calendula seeds directly into the garden early in the season and cover with 1/4 inch of soil.

Watering: Water them during dry periods. Add mulch to retain moisture and deter weeds.

Fertilizer: Add compost to the soil to improve it and add a general-purpose fertilizer once a month.

Days to Maturity: Calendula flowers bloom from mid-summer up until the first frosts in the fall.

Harvesting: Prior to trimming the flowers and bringing them indoors to arrange in a vase, check for aphids.

Tips: Calendula is a good companion plant when planted near asparagus and tomatoes.

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