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Calendula, Oktoberfest

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Non-stop deep-orange blooms: great for cutting.

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From early spring until the middle of summer, Oktoberfest blooms and blooms, supplying a steady stream of vase-ready full 2 1/2" flowers in intense deep orange with a small dark eyes, atop long, sturdy stems. Keep cutting!
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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  • Calendula

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-01
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: Jun-01
  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after danger of heavy frost.
  • Sow in ordinary or poor garden soil. In Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of soil.
  • Firm soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-15 days.
  • Thin seedlings to 16 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • 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.
  • Plants can self-sow, so allow some to set seeds.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by heavy frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Calendula performs best in areas with relatively cool summers, but can grow anywhere.
  • 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.
Full Sun
20-24 inches
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Calendula, Oktoberfest is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the same as package.. I've been growing these for a few months now, when the first bloom came, I was surprised it was a flesh/peach color with brown touches, rather than the orange on the packet. I thought maybe it was consequence of being the first flush of flowers, as the blooms were quite small, but none of the seeds have turned out like the package so far and the blooms remain the same size. I have 2 plants producing the flesh colored blooms, and two producing large bright orange blooms that looked closer to the package, but I'm not totally certain if they're "oktoberfest" variety. I live in Southwest Florida and often find myself having to save these plants from drooping in the heat and humidity , so if you live anywhere coolerand dryer, you'll probably have a better time with this calendula.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calendula Octoberfest Bought the seeds back in July 2017 and planted some seeds in a pot 3 months later I got some orange flowers and some flesh with brown trim calendula flowers. The package said Octoberfest on it and that is an orange flower not sure why I got different variety mix in the package I bought. See the photo for details of the calendula plant that grew in the pot over the summer.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cold tolerant, prolific bloomer I planted some in the spring, and they flowered all summer into November. Flower production slowed, but didn't stop during the hottest part of the summer. I planted the remaining seeds in August, for October flowers....and they are still flowering in December. They are very cold tolerant. I did find them difficult to germinate (indoors, under lights). The seeds scattered on the soil did better than those planted deeper.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I have to agree with everyone else here. Once these flowers start to bloom they do not stop. After the weather become cold around October they simply took on a more yellow color but still kept going until a very hard freeze later in the season. Will definitely plant again.
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good early experience Labeled as easy, I have struggled to get Calendula to grow from seed in our central VA clay. Decided to start indoors this year. In Jiffy peat pots under standard UV light at six inches sixteen hours per day, 50% of seeds germinated. Plants are at six true leave stage and are in clay pots, looking very healthy. Hope to report success later in the summer.
Date published: 2012-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I planted calendula last year. I was so impressed. Our last frost is June and Our first is end of Augest. This beauty bloomed the whole time. Its very easy to grow.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! I planted this flower last year. It survived the late frost in May and bloomed up until the snow started! I am going to purchase the Lemon color this year too!
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never stops blooming I will plant these again next year. They are profuse bloomers.
Date published: 2008-07-31
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