Neon is a variety of Calendula which is a member of the Pot Marigold family. Its botanical name is Calendula officinalis 'Neon'.
Burgandy buds followed by ultra double brilliant orange flowers with darker edges.
This variety is an Flower that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Neon is known for growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This variety tends to bloom from June to October from seedlings or 10-12 weeks from spring sowing of seeds - the flowers should be producing for 2-3 months.
Excellent cut flower.
The petals can be used as a substitute for saffron in soups, rice or omlettes. They also look good in salads. The flowers are edible.
Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Neon is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
Neon needs a loamy soil with a ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).
Keep picking or deadhead to ensure flowers until the first frosts. For stronger plants sow in autumn and over winter. Can be grown in container pots.
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Genus - Calendula
Species - Officinalis
Variety - Neon
Common name - Calendula
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline (pH 6.1 - 7.8)
Soil type - Loamy
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - A brilliant orange-red colored with huge blooms. Excellent cut flower. Edible
Bloom season - Summer to Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Burgundy - orange
Sow inside in pots from February to March or outside March to June (you should look at sowing Neon about 35 days before your last frost date) and August to October.
Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing. Sow 12mm deep, in rows 30cm apart. Germination - 7-21 days.
For spring/summer flowering pot plants:
Sow in a cool greenhouse or conservatory in late summer/early autumn. Grow on cool in full light and water sparingly.
Sow 5 mm deep with a guideline distance of 20 cm. For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of +10C / 50F.
Neon is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside. (info: www.myfolia.com).
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