Planting & Harvesting Calendula

Dive into our user-friendly guide designed to navigate you through the process of planting and harvesting calendula. Whether you're a gardening novice or expert, these insightful tips will set you up for a bountiful calendula harvest!

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Calendula is a beautiful bright yellow flower traditionally grown as an ornamental plant, but there are so many uses for it beyond its appearance. 

What is calendula?


Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a commonly grown herb that has been used medicinally since ancient times; it’s an edible flower and it can be added to salads and tea, for example. The plant is also used as a natural remedy for skin irritations, including sunburns and rashes.


It is recommended to sow calendula seeds in the spring. Calendula can be sown throughout the growing season, but it’s best to sow in spring for a continuous supply of these lovely flowers.


You can expect your calendula to grow in about 6 to 8 weeks after sowing. The plants will flower throughout their growth, so you should be able to harvest them at any time. When the flowers are full and bright yellow, they’re ready for picking.


Calendula is a hardy annual plant that can be harvested throughout the growing season, but you’ll want to harvest calendula flowers when they are in full bloom and the petals have just begun to open.


If you’re planning on making calendula oil, it’s best to preserve the flower heads entirely; you can skip plucking the petals if you want, as this will take a lot of time!


To save your calendula flowers, you must first dry them out completely, then store them in airtight glass jars or sealed plastic bags. You can even store the flowers in the refrigerator or freezer as long as they are kept dry.


I hope this post has helped you learn more about how to plant and harvest calendula and how to benefit from its unique healing properties.