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Calendula 'Canteloupe' - Marigold

Calendula 'Canteloupe' - Marigold

Pot marigold

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Approx rootball size

Available for dispatch from May

Sustainable & Organic Calendula 'Canteloupe'Β 

Calendula officinalis 'Canteloupe'. With delicate petals that blush in soft apricot against a cream background, this is one of my favourite varieties of marigold

🍈 Flowers

The star of the show here is definitely the unique tangerine-melon blooms with scrumptious apricot undertones. Each 3-4 inch double flower opens up into a ray of flat, slightly curved petals surrounding a contrasting yellow-orange center pom-pom.

Blooming continuously from late spring through the first frosts, these long-lasting flowers smother the bushy, multi-branched plants in radiant, sherbet-like color. The blooms are excellent for cutting, and only get more intensely hued as they mature.

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Plant Partners

The warm, fruity shades of 'Canteloupe' play well with so many fun color combinations:

  • Sherbet swirl: Blend with other sherbet-toned annuals like zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers
  • Make it pop: The melon shades look striking next to rich purples like petunias
  • Sweet medley: Combine with pinks, peaches and creams for a romantically toned border
  • Spice it up: Let the apricot hues sizzle against vibrant hot orange tones of kniphofia or Rudbeckia 'Cappuccino

🍯 Pollinator Candy

Not just a treat for the eyes, calendulas are also beloved by pollinators like bees and butterflies and hoverflies. The wide-open blooms provide easy access to nectar and pollen. Plus, the edible petals can be used to add natural color to foods like butter and cheese.

🌺 How to Care for Calendula

Calendulas are some of the most low-maintenance, unfussy annual flowers you can grow.Β 

Sun Exposure Calendulas need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. They perform best in full sun locations.

Soil Needs These cheery bloomers aren't too fussy about soil, as long as it is well-drained. Amend heavy clay soils with compost or manure to improve drainage. They can tolerate average to fertile soils.

Water Needs Keep soil moist, but not soaking wet during the growing season. Once established, calendulas have good drought tolerance. Aim for about 1 inch of water per week.

Fertilising
Calendulas typically don't require fertiliser, especially if planted in decent garden soil. An occasional application of a balanced organic fertiliser can promote more blooms.

Deadheading
For best flowering, deadhead spent blooms regularly by snapping or cutting them off. This will prolong the bloom period.

End of Season Let some spent flowers remain on the plants towards the end of the season if you want calendulas to self-seed for next year.

Overwintering Calendulas are annuals that will not survive winter. In warm climates they may self-sow for a winter reappearance. Otherwise, collect seeds for replanting in spring.

Pests & Diseases Calendulas have excellent resistance to pests and diseases, making them a great choice for organic gardens. Overcrowding can lead to issues like powdery mildew.

Cutting Flowers The blooms make wonderful, long-lasting cut flowers for bouquets. Cutting them regularly encourages more buds.

With just basic care like sunlight and moderate water, calendulas provide an extremely easy-care blast of color from spring through autumn! Their low-maintenance nature makes them fantastic for beginning gardeners.

Whether you want to add low-maintenance colour to beds and borders or grow showy cut flowers for bouquets, Calendula 'Canteloupe' is sure to hot the spot. Its citrusy melon shades and continuous blooms will dazzle all season long!

Plant care guide

How to Plant Annual Flowers

Annual flowers can be transplanted out after danger of frost has passed.

Dig a hole slightly wider than the rootball or pot, but no deeper. The top of the rootball should be level with the surrounding soil surface.

Water the planting hole, then just pop the woodfibre container straight into the ground and firm the soil gently back in around it ( Do not firm the soil down hard! Roots need air and water and hard compacted soil prevents them from getting both.).

Β There is no need to remove the pot as will degrade quickly in the soil.Β 

After plantingΒ  water thoroughly and keep the soil moist but not soaked until the plants become established. Mulching with something like woodchips around the plant after watering will help the soil to retain the moisture in hot weather.

When to Plant Annuals

The ideal planting time depends on where you live and your local climate (or even microclimate!), but most annuals can be sown or transplanted after the last spring frost date. Some cool season annuals like snapdragons and sweet peas can go out even earlier.

Warm season annuals like zinnias and marigolds you should wait until nights remain above 10Β°C.

If planting in hot weather, cut the foliage and flowers back. Your new plant will not be taking up much water until established so may struggle if the leaves lose more water than the roots can absorb.

Where to Plant Annuals

Most annuals need at least 6 hours of full sun per day for best flowering - they’re powerful growers that are literally dying to set seed so let them have the sunpower to get there!

Pay attention to the soil. if it is heavy clay, incorporate organic matter such as compost to the soil before planting your perennial, preferably to the whole flowerbed. This will improve the soil by buffering it's water and nutrient holding ability. It is preferable to not just plonk compost in the bottom of the hole as it will not improve the overall condition of the soil surrounding your new plant. Do not add a layer of gravel or grit to the bottom of the hole as this will merely cause the perched water table to be higher. It will not improve drainage.

Also, remember to consider mature plant size and space accordingly in beds and containers. Taller annuals work well in the back, with smaller types in front.

Caring for Annual Flowers

Keep soil consistently moist through the growing season by watering whenever the top inch becomes dry. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch after planting to conserve moisture.

The vast majority of garden soils contain plenty of nutrients, but if your garden is in a newly built development there is a good chance a thin layer of topsoil has been added on top of infertile subsoil. if that is the case, compost, soil improver or well rotted manure can be spread on the flower bed and dug in, or alternatively for those short of time or energy, organic fertiliser such as our own special organic mix of bone meal, hoof and horn and vinaase that is an organic, sustainable alternative to the John Innes formula, can be sprinkled around the plant with some compost added to the planting hole.

Deadhead spent flowers regularly by pinching or cutting them off. This will encourage more buds and prolong the bloom period.

Pull up annual plants at the end of the growing season and add to the compost pile. Their entire life cycle lasts just one season.

Container grown annuals may need more frequent watering and fertilising than in-ground plants as soil dries out faster.

Delivery Β£5 flat rate or FREE over Β£50 spend.

I charge a flat rate of Β£5 for postage and packaging to all of Britain, including the Highlands and the Isle of Man, with free delivery for orders over Β£50. We are unable to send plants to Northern Ireland.

I use Royal Mail for our deliveries as they have the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK and actually tend to look after parcels rather than just chucking them over the nearest fence! This ensures that your plants will have the best care possible.

Please have a Safe Place set up if possible so your plants are not returned to the sorting office if no one is home to accept the delivery.

I try to dispatch plants twice a week and you will receive updates by text or email. In cases of extreme weather or if Royal Mail has a hiccup the delivery may be delayed but we'll keep you in the loop.

I'm unable to deliver to the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland5

The LAWNMOWER Guarantee

Healthy plants & happy customers

Your plant will only be dispatched if I'm happy it is healthy. The nature of growing the plants in large troughs means that the root system will be trimmed before they are balled in hessian, and therefore, depending on the time of year, the top growth may also be trimmed to make sure the roots are able to supply the water and nutrients your new plant requires.

Pruning encourages new growth and this applies to roots as well so a pruned plant actually results in a stronger plant.

The LAWNMOWER guarantee.

If you're not happy with your plants for any reason, even if you've run them over with your lawnmower, just pop them in a box (the plants, not the mower!) and post them back to us within 1 year for a replacement or refund.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

For full details check out the Refunds and Returns Policy.

Sustainability

Eco-friendly business

Fed up with plants grown in plastic pots which are doused in herbicides and sprayed with synthetic chemicals by big nurseries who merrily burn through finite resources, fly plants in from abroad on jet planes, irresponsibly use peat and coir, kill any insect nearby with non-selective pesticides and generally only think of the bottom line?

So are we!

How we grow plants sustainably

Our plants are started in coldframes or inside our house, grown-on woodfibre pots or in reclaimed wooden troughs which are then carefully harvested and balled and burlapped (hessian wrap securing the rootball), before packing plastic free in a eco cardboard box from a certified B-corp carbon neutral supplier. Some plants are grown in 8cm woodfibre pots.

Sustainable and organic compost & fertiliser

Our Soil Association certified organic compost is bought in bulk without plastic bags from Dalefoot Compost, and consists of sheep wool, bracken and comfrey. This naturally feeds the plants for 12 months. If supplemental feeding is required we only use our own special blend of organic fertilisers (bone meal, hoof & horn and vinaase) which have been processed with solar energy.

Carbon Neutral business

The small amount of electricity we use is from renewable sources and we irrigate our plants with stored water we have harvested. Plus, we are using our house and land for more than one purpose, preventing further land use and utilising the sunk carbon cost of the building rather than creating more.

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our emissions, and recognise that we are not in control of all parts of the supply chain so have fully offset scopes 1, 2 and 3 to take that in to account - so that's all emissions connected to our business, from the farts coming out of the back of the sheep, to the carbon dioxide from the delivery van outside your door.

We don't just offset and carry on, ALL the decisions we make work to reduce emissions - for instance we use Royal Mail to post our plants as they have by far the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK.

Calendula officinalis, 'Canteloupe'

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Annual
Full Sun
Broad PH tolerance
Well drained
Hardy
H 0.45 m X W 0.3 m
Summer
Pollinator friendly and Attracts beneficial insects

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