True to its name, among fiery orange and yellow flowers, appears a surprise - delicately ruffled, soft orange blooms, with a delightful and unique tinge of pink.
Pot marigolds are wonderfully easy to grow in the border or containers. They are also delightful as a cut flower.
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.
It 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.
Approximately 200-250 seeds in 2 gram packet.
Genus - Calendula
Species - Officinalis
Variety - Pink Surprise
Common name - Calendula
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,25 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 - Pot marigolds are wonderfully easy to grow in the border or containers.
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Orange - Pink
***Sow inside in pots from February to March or outside April to May.
Prepare the ground. Sow a 3-5 mm deep in rows 30 cm apart. Germination - 7-10 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.
It is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.
Information source: www.myfolia.com.
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