How To Grow CalendulaGrow in average soil, calendula does not require rich soil to do well. It does need full sun, however. Calendula repels many insects above ground and the root also is said to repel nematodes so think about planting calendula as a border plant for an organic alternative to sprays for herb protection.
Using CalendulaCalendula has a wide range of medicinal uses. It is a soothing tea for gastrointestinal problems, healing wash for skin wounds, easily infused into oil for a healing salve or balm. Great for baby diaper area.
Calendula also has the rare quality of keeping its color during soapmaking. Unlike most herbal additives, calendula will not turn brown or black in a bar of herbal soap. Add 1 tablespoon of petals to just enough oil to cover. After your soap reaches trace, stir in the oil and petal mixture throughout your soap batch. The bright orange petals will remain bright and offer even soothing properties to the finished soap. For soapmaking information, find someone knowledgeable in the craft before undertaking it yourself.