About Calendula Bon Bon
Colonists in the 1700s used the lovely Calendula in the gardens around the home because they were pretty and so very useful. Known as the "poor man's saffron" Calendula was used to flavor dishes. Medicinally they were made into extracts and ointments to aid in healing numerous health complaints. Even today they are used for many of the same reasons and are most commonly found in skin conditioning soaps. Let’s not forget they give the garden constant beauty and color. The Calendula “Bon Bon” flowers are large at 3” with double petals and bloom heavy and earlier than other calendula. Colors can include orange, apricot, yellow and light yellow. Washington State University and the University of Georgia list Calendula as a deer resistant plant.
Calendula Bon Bon
Planting and Growing Calendula
Make sure your Calendula “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is sunny. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.