Calendula is a Mediterranean plant that will fill your terrace, garden or balcony with color and it can also be very useful for you thanks to its medicinal properties. We tell you how to take care of it and make the most of this beautiful plant.
- Where to plant marigold.
- How often you have to water the marigold and how to care for it.
- Properties of marigold.
WHERE TO PLANT MARIGOLD
Calendula is a plant that grows in the form of a bush and usually measures between 50 and 70 centimeters in height. So if the plants in the garden are looking for a space to grow without difficulty. If you decide to plant the seeds, you should do it during the interim months (spring and autumn) in the shade.
Calendula loves the sun so look for a place where you can get all the light you need. If it is not possible it also adapts in the semi-shade. This pretty Mediterranean plant blooms during the last days of winter so try to keep the buds exposed to the sun.
For your calendula to grow strong and healthy you must:
- Plant it in soil rich in organic matter
- An airy place
During the summer months, you will need compost for flowering plants every 15 days. When flowering is over, prune the plant. Remove all the withered twigs without touching the main stem.
If you don’t have a garden, you can also decorate and fill your terrace or balcony with potted marigolds. Of course, you should place it in a large pot and especially deep since the roots of this plant can measure up to 30 cm. In autumn, transplant your calendula to another pot to change the substrate and thus have new nutrients to face the winter months.
HOW OFTEN YOU HAVE TO WATER THE MARIGOLD AND HOW TO CARE FOR IT
Calendula is a plant that needs attention. So if you are a person who tends to forget about your plants you could end up killing them. This plant needs regular watering but not in abundance since it is highly sensitive to excess water. If you have it in a pot, forget about leaving the plate with the water you have expelled so that it can self-manage.
PROPERTIES OF MARIGOLD
Calendula is a medicinal plant widely used in pharmacy because active ingredients such as carotenoids, flavonoids, triterpenes, phenolic acids and tannins can be found in its composition. This makes calendula have the following properties:
- Healing and antiseptic: It stimulates the healing action and regenerates damaged skin, so it is used to heal wounds. In addition, it produces collagen, essential for the skin to recover.
- Decrease digestive problems: a calendula infusion is a good natural remedy for those who suffer from gastritis, vomiting, or indigestion.
- Anti-inflammatory: Calendula relieves inflammation and itching from insect bites.
- Antibacterial and fungicidal: eliminates fungi, helps to eliminate viral warts.
- Regulates the menstrual cycle: Calendula contains flavonoids, repairers of blood vessels, and circulation and therefore normalizes the amount and frequency of menstruation. In addition, it is a natural antispasmodic and greatly reduces uterine pain called dysmenorrhea.