Seeds - Marigold, Dark Orange
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Description: A classic two-tone marigold on perfectly sturdy compact plants. Ideal for garden beds and containers. The petals are edible and often used to accent salads, summer soups, desserts and as a garnish.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Tagetes erecta
Main Uses: Attractive garden ornamental.
Zone Hardiness: 50 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 16 inches
Flower Color: Dark orange
Flowering Time: Early summer to fall
Sowing: Indoors 4 - 8 weeks before the last frost, 2 - 3 seeds per cell, 1/8" deep. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Outdoors: Direct seed after last frost.
Planting depth: Lightly covered.
Spacing: Space 12 - 15" apart.
Notes: Marigolds, in particular French Marigolds, are a popular companion plant. The roots exude a chemical which controls soil nematodes, as well as other pests. This insecticidal action, combined with the attractive, easy-going nature of Marigolds make them very popular throughout the garden - including the vegetable patch.
Growing in Containers: Excellent choice for containers.
Fertilizing (Containers): Use organic fertilizer to avoid the salt build-up (a problem associated with chemical fertilizers).
Watering (Containers): Check regularly. Water deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Excellent choice for mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
- Marigolds help: most plants, especially tomatoes and peppers, cucurbits (cucumbers, gourds, squash), and sage.
Suitability for Indoors: Not well-suited for indoors.