From early spring until the middle of summer, Oktoberfest blooms and blooms, supplying a steady stream of vase-ready full 2 ½" flowers in intense deep orange with a small dark eyes, atop long, sturdy stems. Keep cutting!
Sow in ordinary garden soil in full sun after danger of heavy frost. In Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, Sow from fall to early spring. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 10-15 days depending on soil and weather conditions. Thin to stand about 16" apart when plants are 1" high. Deadhead the plants regularly to keep them blooming continuously. If your calendula plants die out due to hot summer weather, cut them back hard and water. They will Start growing again when cooler weather returns.
Plant calendula in an herb garden or in containers to add a splash of color, or plant them with both annuals and perennials in flower beds and borders. Taller varieties make beautiful cut flowers and nice additions to dried arrangements. For fresh arrangements, cut the flowers when they are about half open. To dry, hang them in small bunches upside down in a warm, dry place.