Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’
SNOW PRINCESS ENGLISH MARIGOLD
Almost white blooms open on lovely Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’.
From delicate yellow buds.
So ‘Snow Princess’ is an elite English Marigold, fine enough for both the veggie plot, the flower garden and the floristry trade.
English Marigolds are amongst the most useful of all flowers
Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ has so many benefits to offer.
Beautiful florists flowers
First providing beautiful cut flowers.
‘Snow Princess’ blooms long and profusely, providing buckets of flowers to cut for vases.
Edible flowers for the veggie garden
Secondly Calendula flowers are deliciously edible.
So use the prettily coloured petals, either harvested fresh or dried.
And brighten up salads, flavour cream cheese, garnish vegetables or colour rice and couscous with them.
Ward off aphids & nematodes with companion planting
Thirdly Calendula are wonderful “attractor plants” in companion planting.
Because Calendula officinalis have sticky stems, especially designed to attract and successfully trap aphids.
Thus keeping aphids off your other crops.
Plus Calendula is repulsive to nematodes in the soil.
So ‘Snow Princess’ does great protective work in the veggie garden or in the flower beds.
Make healing Calendula Oil or Calendula Tea
Calendula flowers have a long history in herbal healing treatments.
And Calendula oil is still popular today to help soothe sensitive and inflamed skin, rashes, stings and bites.
While Calendula tea is also reputed to help calm inflammation.
Quick & easy from seed
English Marigolds are amongst the quickest and easiest of all plants to grow from seed. And they also mature to flowering size very quickly.
In fact they are so easy you can just scatter the seeds directly into the garden, wherever you want them to grow, with great success. Summer, autumn and winter are perfect times to scatter.
Plus established plants will oblige by self-sowing plenty of volunteer babies each year.
So Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is a great seed for introducing kids to the miracles of gardening. Quick success is assured.
Tough as nails & easy to grow
Plant Calendulas in Full Sun to Partial Shade.
They are very unfussy and undemanding plants.
60cm High in lovely flowers x 30cm. Wide foliage clump
SEED SOWING ADVICE: VERY QUICK & EASY
Perfect for beginners & gardening with kids
Scatter seed directly in the garden where you want them to grow / or sow indoors at any time.
INDOORS: First sow the seed in a punnet on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently press the seeds onto the surface of the mix, to ensure good contact.
Now cover the seed to a depth of 10mm.
And you can use sieved mix, or fine grit, or vermiculite, or washed sand to sprinkle over the seeds.
Then place the sown punnet into a shallow water bath (make sure the water level in the bath is below the surface of the mix).
So the moisture percolates up through the mix from the bottom to thoroughly moisten the mix throughout.
Soak for a short time until moisture appears on the surface of the mix, and then remove and drain.
Because the mix needs to be moist throughout, but not wet.
Now place the moist punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
Temperatures of 18-23°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
And you can use a temperature-controlled heat mat if you have one to encourage rapid germination, but it is not essential. A window-sill or well-lit corner is also fine.
Adding a clear plastic cover or plastic bag helps to retain moisture in the punnet.
And continue to keep the punnet moist by spraying the surface of the mix a fine spray water bottle, or re-soaking in the water bath, as required.
(If the punnet is light weight when you pick it up – the mix is drying out and needs another soak from below in the water bath).
Seedlings emerge in approx. 5-10 days.
SEED COUNT: 50 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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