How to Harvest and Store Calendula Flowers
Calendula flowers having some major healing power! These magic blossoms can be added to baths or used in teas, salves, and homemade soaps. Before you get DIY-ing, here's some suggestions for harvesting your calendula blossoms.
Tips for harvesting calendula flowers:
1. Calendula are ready for harvesting when the first full bloom occurs, this is typically when the plant reaches 8 to 12 inches in height.
2. Pick flowers in the morning before the stress of the sun make them lose a little of their pep.
3. To harvest calendula, use scissors to cut stems according to desired length and place stems immediately into water.
4. Calendulas love to be harvested! The more you pick, the more your plants will produce. Feel free to snip off the old flowers to encourage plants to put energy in new blossoms.
5. For any of the DIY projects mentioned before, you'll want to dry your calendula blossoms after harvest. Simply hang stems and flowers upside down in a well ventilated area and wait, When petals are brittle, remove from the flower head and store in an airtight container. Completely dried calendula petals will come off of their heads with one swipe. Petals that aren't thoroughly dried will mold in storage and make the batch unusable.