HOW TO GROW AND SAVE SEED OF MARIGOLDS

Colossus Red Gold Marigold

Latin name Tagetes patula (French Marigold) or T. erecta (African Marigold) is an annual member of the aster family. This bushy ornamental is commonly found interplanted in the vegetable garden, as it possesses natural fragrance that is believed to deter some garden pests. The marigold also sports edible flowers, making it even more at home in the veggie garden. Marigolds are also amazing planted in beds and borders. They are easy to grow and create a gilded blanket of regal warm colors.

 

 

HISTORY

Sweet Mace Marigold

Native to Central America. These flowers have long-held spiritual significance in a wide range of traditional cultures. They are a symbolic flower for the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico. The vibrant blooms are also popular in Hindu culture, often found adorning altars or worn around the necks of newlywed couples.

 

USES

Gypsy Sunshine Marigold

  • Edible ornamental.
  • Useful pest-repelling plant for the vegetable garden, often interplanted among vegetables.
  • Beds, borders, containers, window boxes, cottage garden, cut flower garden.
  • Garlands of marigolds are used for decoration in a number of religious festivals and events from Latin America to India.
  • Dye garden, a bright gold or yellow dye plant.
  • Marigold flowers are edible, but not all types taste good. Stick to Mexican Mint marigold and French marigolds for best flavor.

 

SEED STARTING

Bambino Marigold

  • Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
  • Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost date or direct sow after last frost.
  • Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F.

 

GROWING

Queen Sophia Marigold

  • These famously carefree plants prefer full sun, but will tolerate some light shade.
  • Well-drained soil is best, but they tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. Space plants 8-12 inches apart.
  • Deadhead to encourage continued blooming.

 

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Mr. Majestic Double Marigold

  • While they are typically a disease-free plant, Japanese beetles can be a problem for marigolds. Japanese beetles can be prevented and controlled by applying a combination of milky spore and beneficial nematodes

 

SEED SAVING

Orange Flame Marigold

  • Allow the flowerhead containing the seeds to completely mature and dry on the plant, then clip off the flowerhead and place in a container.
  • Working over the top of another clean, opened container, rub the flowerheads to separate the seeds.
  • Store overwinter in a cool, dark, dry place.

 

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