Pot marigold is an easy to grow, prolific and very pretty hardy annual flower. The flowers are edible, use them fresh in salads and for colouring rice. The plants bloom fairly quickly, normally in 2 months. Prefers sunny location, can be grown in any soil type. Recommended as a companion plant by many gardeners to grow around tomatoes, peppers to repel black and green flies and other harmful insects. The plant extract is widely used in cosmetics. Calendula officinalis ointment is used in the treatment of skin disorders, for pain, and as an antiseptic. Sow Calendula officinalis seeds from late March onwards inside or outside from May, in small pots, or in fine seedbed. Sow the seeds about 1 cm deep and keep them at a temperature of 18-22 Celsius. Can be sown directly outside from May. Transplant outside from late May, to a sunny/partly shady position. Acclimatize the young plants to outdoor conditions before planting to final position. Leave 20-30 cm between the plants. Choose from our wide range of tomato seeds to grow as a companion plant with this heirloom flower. Marigold is an easy to grow annual flower and with the funnily shaped seeds you won't be dissapointed.