Neon is a variety of Calendula which is a member of the Pot Marigold family. Its botanical name is Calendula officinalis 'Neon'.
Burgandy buds followed by ultra double brilliant orange flowers with darker edges.This variety is an Flower that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Neon is known for growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.
Neon Calendula is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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How to grow Calendula 'Neon'
GTry to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Neon is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Neon are Zone 1 and Zone 14. Neon needs a loamy soil with a ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).
Growing Neon from seed
Sow March to May. Sow seeds outdoors where they are to flower. Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing. Sow 12mm (½in) deep, in rows 30cm (12in) apart.
For spring/summer flowering pot plants: Sow in a cool greenhouse or conservatory in late summer/early autumn. Grow on cool in full light and water sparingly.Sow 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 7.8 inches (20.0 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Neon about 35 days before your last frost date.
Calendula 'Neon' information
How long does Neon take to grow?
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The petals can be used as a substitute for saffron in soups, rice or omlettes. They also look good in salads.