Gardening

Grow marigold or marigold

The Calendula , Calendula Officinalis , or also popularly called Wonder, tufted, flamenquilla, old woman’s ass, mercadela, flower of the dead or deceased, Marigold, among others.

This plant is native to Egypt and is currently cultivated all over the world, forming part of gardens and orchards. Part of its great extension throughout the world is the medicinal properties of calendula , known and used since ancient times.

In addition to being widespread as an ornamental plant, the use of tufted is very common in traditional medicine to treat skin conditions, burns, insect bites, due to its healing, fungicidal, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory action. It is even used in organic farming to repel some pests in the garden and garden and because it is very useful to attract aphid predators.

The marigold or marigold is a herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family . It can reach 70 cm in height and has a quite branched stem already from the base. Its flowers are very showy, in shades ranging from yellow to orange. It has oval shaped leaves that can measure more than 10 cm. The flamenquilla is planted a lot because it can flower practically every month.

The cultivation and care of marigolds or marigolds

Protected seedlings can be prepared at the end of winter to avoid cold damage and accelerate seed germination. The seeds will need a temperature of approximately 16ºC to germinate. Another option is to do direct seeding in early spring.

Later, once they have germinated and we already have our seedlings, during the beginning of spring we begin to transplant .

The root of the calendula usually reaches 30 cm, so you should take that into account when choosing a pot large enough to have enough space.

Well tolerated wonderful climate mountain and dry climates and is resistant to low temperature plant.

This plant requires soils rich in organic matter, so they must be well fertilized. The soil must be well aerated, avoiding caking that could harm the development of the roots.

As for watering , calendula needs constant watering, especially during the hottest months. The soil must be moist (not soggy) at all times.

When the plant is one year old, it is pruned to remove all the withered branches and to encourage the new flowers to come out with more force. The soil in the pot is also changed, adding a little new humus to it so that it does not lack nutrients.

Regarding the needs of light , the flamenquilla needs direct sun to develop in all its splendor. But thanks to its adaptability, the marigold will also be able to grow in semi-shady areas.

One of the characteristics of calendula is its great adaptability, one of the keys to the fact that this plant is cultivated all over the world.

During cultivation, calendula can be affected by diseases such as mildew , and by pests such as thrips , caterpillars, red spider or whitefly .

You no longer have excuses not to plant calendula !

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