Calendula Indian Prince
Calendula 'Indian Prince' is an easy to grow hardy annual which will grow in most soils. It produces prolific burnt orange petalled flowers which have a rich mahogany reverse. This beautiful orange flower goes well with blue, purple and white flowers and against any foliage, and will look great in a border or as a cut flower. Indian Prince has a long flowering season and will last until the first frosts.
Calendula 'Indian Prince' is also a really useful companion plant for the vegetable garden as it attracts bees and other pollinating insects as well as beneficial insects which will help to reduce pests such as aphids.
|When to sow||Sow April to May and/or late August to September outside, or March to April indoors.|
|Where to sow||Best sown direct outdoors in flowering position 0.5cm (1/4in) deep.|
|Alternatively sow indoors or under glass 0.5cm (1/4in) deep, for planting out in April and May.|
|What to do next||For seeds sown indoors , when seedlings are large enough to handle acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 30cm (12in) apart.|
|Thin the seedlings sown direct outdoors out so they are 30cm (12in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants to fill any gaps.|
|Water well until plants are established.|
|Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.|
|Handy tips||The flowers are perfect for cutting, pinch out the growing tip to encourage more flowers.|
|Flowering period||June to October, 8-10 weeks from spring sowing. August and September sowings will flower early the following spring.|
|Companion planting||Attracts Bees and other pollinating insects. Calendula also attracts the Hoverfly and other beneficial insects which will help to reduce aphids.|
|Uses||Ideal for beds, borders, containers, cut flowers or as a companion plant.|