Growing Marigold Flowers

Marigolds provide a wealth of color to your garden. These hardy annual plants will bloom reliably from early summer to the first frost in autumn. Depending on the variety you choose, marigolds are available in a range of gold, yellow and orange shades.  Marigolds are easy to grow with no fuss adding long-lasting color and texture to garden borders, beds and containers.

Although there are many different types of marigolds, as gardeners we are familiar with four. Tagetes erecta, known as African marigold or Aztec marigold, is the tallest and most upright. French marigold, Tagetes patula, are somewhat smaller and more compact. Their demure flowers are both elegant and eye-catching. Other varieties include Mexican marigold, Tagetes lucida, and Signet marigold, Tagetes tenuifolia, both make wonderful edging, window boxes, and containers.

Marigolds grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 – 11.

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FACT SHEET


Botanical Name: Tagetes Days to Germination: 5-8 Days
Plant Type: Flower Days To Bloom: 30-45 Days
Color: gold, orange Planting Depth: 1/4″
Plant Type: Annual Seed Spacing: 8″
Scent: Bitter Growing Height: 6-10″
Grows Best: In Full Sun Best Container Size: 12″

HOW TO DEADHEAD MARIGOLDS

When a blossom starts to go bad, cut its stem back to the nearest set of leaves.
This will encourage the plant to produce more blossoms, not only will your garden look neater, but the plants will be healthier and deadheading helps to extend the flowering season.

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