SEEDS FOR CONTEMPORARY GARDENS
Italian brand Piccolo offers select seeds for urban gardens, designed for pot growing: compact, dwarf varieties, suitable for terrace garden spaces, all lovingly packaged in sustainable and completely recyclable materials. Choose from our selection of edible flowers and herbs.
Erfurter Orangefarbige is a variety of calendula bred specifically for its medicinal virtues. Although the whole plant has long been used as a culinary and medicinal herb, the bright orange flowers alone are recommended for kitchen use today, since the leaves are very bitter. The flowers are mild tasting and slightly sweet, and can be used both in savoury and sweet dishes – the nickname ‘pot marigold’ comes from its popular use in the soup pot. When dried, its petals, which have been called ‘poor man’s saffron’, can be used to create a natural dye or, funnily enough, in chicken feed to make egg yolks extra vibrant!
LATIN NAME: Calendula officinalis
VARIETY: Erfurter Orangefarbige
QUANTITY: 45 seeds
PLANT SIZE: Height 30 cm Width 30 cm
CONTAINER SIZE: Height 25 cm Width 25 cm
COMPANION PLANT: All vegetables benefit from the presence of calendula – especially tomatoes, radishes and carrots.
HOW TO GROW
SOWING: Indoor Feb-Mar Outdoor Apr-June
TIMING: Germination 7-15 days Harvesting 40-60 days
SPACING: When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 1 cm When thinning 3-5 cm
GROWING: Sunlight Full sun. Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil. Watering Regular, moderate watering. Feeding Light feeder
CARING: Expert tip Calendula is adaptable and does not require a lot of maintenance, making it ideal for container gardens. Just beware, it will also re-seed readily and easily, so keep an eye on it if you don’t want a calendula jungle on your balcony!
SUPPORTING Pollinators. Attracts bees, butterflies and ladybirds.
PESTS: Helpful for deterring many insects.
HOW TO EAT
Choose fresh petals to garnish dishes or for use in healing herbal teas. If you want to store the flowers, wait for the heads to dry up and turn inward. Then, they can be harvested and dried easily.
Medicinal properties There is no better herb for treating irritated skin, minor wounds and super-itchy insect bites.
How to eat:
Use fresh or dried petals to flavour and colour soups. Add them to cheeses and butters, or bake them into cakes and breads. Garnish fresh salads or egg-based dishes with the striking flowers. Basically, wherever you need extra taste and colour, Orange Calendula is the answer!