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Flowers – Marigold

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Unfussy and uncomplicated, marigolds are the perfect garden companion. They’re well suited to ornamental landscaping and container growing. Marigolds are also available in many varieties and colors, and prefer full-sun conditions. These low-maintenance flowers don’t need much looking after, either. Most marigold varieties, however, are drought tolerant—you won’t have to fret about your flower patch when a heat wave rolls in. Once established, the hardy flowers can handle temperature fluctuations and tend to bloom well into the Autumn. They are often the last variety to die off at the end of the gardening season.

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When planting Marigold seeds the taller African varieties (Tagetes erecta) should be planted in early spring after all danger of frost has passed. Starting these taller varieties early in the season will allow them more time to grow and mature.

Most marigolds prefer to be located in an area with full sun but will tolerate some shade. During times of extreme heat, some afternoon shade is beneficial. T. erecta varieties should be planted in an area protected from strong winds and damaging rainfall. These taller varieties may also require some light staking for support.

Marigolds germinate quickly, sprouting within a few days and blooming in about 8 weeks, making them easy to grow from seed. Sow seeds directly outside after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has begun to warm up. Sow seeds 3cm apart and water thoroughly after planting. After the seeds sprout, they may need to be thinned. Use scissors or small garden shears to cut the seedlings out, as pulling them out can disturb the roots of the seedlings left behind. Seeds can be started earlier indoors, but with their fast germination time, this really isn’t necessary. Seedlings can be transplanted when 6cm tall.

Weight 0.01 kg
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 cm

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