How to grow marigold from seed in a pot?

Marigold

Marigolds are incredibly easy-going and reliable under a wide range of growing conditions. Once planted, marigolds grow rapidly with no fuss.

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Most thrive in full sun, taking hot, sunny exposures in stride. However, marigolds will tolerate up to 20% shade if there is bright light the rest of the day.

Marigolds come in four different types. These are:

African : These marigold flowers tend to be tall.

French : These tend to be dwarf varieties.

Triploid : These marigolds are a hybrid between African and French and are multi-colored.

Single : Have long stems and look like daisies.

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Planting Marigold Seeds

  • Fill a propagation tray with a good quality potting soil. Moisten the soil completely and allow the tray to drain.

  • Make evenly spaced holes about 1 inch apart in the planting medium.

  • Remove the marigold seeds from storage and place two seeds in each hole. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of soil.

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Cover the tray with a clear lid or clear plastic film. Set the tray in a warm place that receives bright light.

Remove the tray lid or plastic film after most of the seeds have germinated.

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Thin the marigold seedlings to one healthy plant per space when the plants have their first set of true leaves.

Leave the seedlings in the bright light and do not allow the soil to dry out while the seedlings grow.

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Avoid wet soil or the seedlings will suffer from stem rot. Rotate the tray every other day to promote even growth among the seedlings.

Pinch off the top of the seedlings when the plants have at least four sets of leaves to promote bushy growth.

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Enjoy wonderful colors of marigold very soon !


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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.


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