Looking for golden splash in your garden ? Marigolds guarantee it

One of the easiest & most beautiful flowers to grow, marigolds guarantee a reliable splash. No annual flower is more cheerful or easier to grow than marigolds.

These flowers are the spendthrifts among annuals, showing a wealth of gold, copper, and brass into our summer and autumn gardens.

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One of the simplest – and most beautiful – flowers to grow, marigolds guarantee a reliable splash of color all summer long.

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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Some people also refer to Calendulas as Pot Marigolds but they are not related to the flowers most people know as marigolds.

Planting

  • Marigolds need lots of sunshine.
  • Though they grow in almost any soil, marigolds thrive in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Sow them directly into the garden once the soil is warm, or start seeds indoors about a month to 6 weeks before the last spring-frost date.
  • The seeds germinate easily, but watch out for damping off if you start them inside.
  • Separate seedlings when they are about 2 inches tall. Plant them in flats of loose soil, or transplant them into the garden.
  • Space tall marigolds 2 to 3 feet apart; lower-growing ones about a foot apart.
  • If planting in containers, use a soil-based potting mix.

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Care

  • Germination from large, easily handled seeds is rapid, and blooms should appear within a few weeks of sowing.
  • If the spent blossoms are deadheaded, the plants will continue to bloom profusely.
  • When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering, then water well, then repeat the process.
  • Do not water marigolds from overhead. Water at the base of the plant.
  • Do not fertilize marigolds. Too rich a diet stimulates lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Marigolds bloom better and more profusely in poor soil.
  • The densely double flowerheads of the African marigolds tend to rot in wet weather.

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Facts

  • The common name “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary.

  • Marigolds have been grown in the gardens of Europe since the 12th century. By the 14th century, many had learned of its many and varied “magical powers.”

  • One medieval author named Macer described marigold in his volume on herbs and thought that merely to look upon the blooms would improve eyesight and draw evil “humors” from the head.

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