Garden marigold "Deja Vu" (mixture of colors) - Calendula officinalis.
Plant height 50-60 cm. Flower diameter 4-6 cm.
Unpretentiousness and unpretentiousness to growing conditions makes calendula an indispensable plant for decorating a garden, as well as flowerpots.
Sowing: April - for seedlings for planting on a balcony, May - in open ground. After 2-4 weeks after germination, the plants are thinned out or planted at a distance of 20 cm from each other. Any garden land, sunny or semi-shaded location is suitable for calendula.
Care: regular watering, feeding. The first feeding is carried out a week after planting seedlings or thinning, then they are fed every 10-14 days with a complex mineral fertilizer, which provides the necessary nutrition for flower crops. To prolong flowering, wilted inflorescences are removed.
Flowering: from late June to frost.
Calendula goes well with blue ageratum, delphinium, rudbeckia, zinnia.
Eng.: Pot marigold, calendula, garden marigold, marygold. Suom.: Tarhakehäkukka. Sven.: Ringblomma, solsocka.
* The seeds of some perennials and annuals can be successfully sown directly into the ground in late autumn (before winter). The sowing time must be calculated so that they do not have time to germinate before the onset of stable frosts. To do this, prepare the soil in advance (in September - early October), level it and mark it. Sowing is carried out with the onset of stable frosts. Crops are covered with humus, peat or a mixture of peat and sand.
Of the perennials for winter sowing, the following crops can be recommended: Babysbreath gypsophila, Columbine Meadow Rue, Anemone, Culverwort, Lupine, Catchfly, Button snakeroot, many types of bells, Globe flower.
Before winter, the following annuals are sown: Satinflower, African Daisy, Rocket Larkspur, Сalendula, Сosmos, Rose Mallow, Sweet alyssum, Field poppy, Nigella, Mignonette, Drummond phlox. For the listed annuals, winter sowing has advantages over spring sowing. Seedlings appear in early spring, when the soil is not yet very hot and retains a sufficient amount of moisture. In spring, when there is a lot of other work, the optimal sowing time can be missed. And then the seeds will germinate in the warmed up and dry soil, which will affect the quality of annuals: many of them will be stunted, they will bloom weakly.