Hi, Click & Growers!
A while ago we recruited some of you to be our “at home” testers, agreeing to be the guinea pigs for new and up-and-coming plant pods! Our testers grow plant pods around the world in different climates and locations, helping us find the plants that can withstand any environmental conditions and be brought to all of you.
With the help of the testers, we have launched Rosemary, Dill, Black Pansy, Red Sweet Pepper, Piri Piri chili pepper, Plain Parsley, Mibuna and Apple mint.
Our testers are now starting to test Calendula aka Pot Marigold. It is a flower, that will brighten up any space with its yellow or orange flowers.
Moreover, the flowers are not just pretty to look at, but also possess numerous health benefits. It can be used as a home remedy to reduce inflammation and heal infections. Calendula can be used as brewed tea, use either fresh or dried flowers to make some. Or combine Calendula flowers into healing oils or other skincare products.
Calendula is an edible flower, feel free to use it to garnish any dishes or use petals to substitute saffron. Heavy content of carotenoids does not just give a golden glow to your dishes but provides a good amount of antioxidants with health benefits.
First flowers should appear in about 50 days after planting. To extend flowering continue deadheading, the plant pod should last three months easily. If you are making the most of it by using the flowers for your own good- you have deadheading as the main care procedure already covered. Just keep in mind also to remove the flower stem in full length to promote new flowers to appear.
Thank you and happy exploring!