Marigolds, or Tagetes are versatile, easy to grow and easy to care for. They enjoy full sun and grow well in both dry or moist soils. Their hardiness adds to their appeals as bedding plants and container plants.
How to Grow Marigolds from Seed
Once the marigold seedlings appear, remove the plastic cover and position the tray to a location where the seedlings will get at least 5 hours of light daily. Keep the potting mix damp by watering from below. This will help to prevent damping off.
Sow Marigold seeds from February to March in trays or pots filled with damp potting mix. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of vermiculite and cover the pot or tray with plastic to maintain moisture levels. Place the tray in a warm spot. 65-70F is ideal, and germination should occur within 7 to 10 days.
Culinary note: The citrus tasting flowers have many uses, try them in salads, sandwiches or seafood dishes too. For more details about edible flowers click here .
Hardiness & Longevity Half-hardy Annual
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