Marigold – Crackerjack

$3.48

Big, bright ball-shaped flowers in yellow and orange on sturdy plants 60-90 cm (2-3′) tall. The flowers are chrysanthemum-like with a mass of bright-coloured petals. The edible flowers, which have a citrus-like flavour, bloom all summer.

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Description

Botanical name
Tagetes erecta

Family
Asteracea

Spacing
One plant per square foot in the garden.

Depth
6-12 mm (¼-½”)

Requirements
Enjoys full sun and a warm spot in the garden. pH 6-6.5

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Pests
Marigolds are celebrated for their ability to suppress nematodes (parasites).

Timing
Sow indoors in March for transplant in April after the last frost.

Growing
Pinch the growing tips to allow the plant to branch out. Pluck dry or dead flowers off before they seed.

Harvest
60 days

Season
Cool, annual

Links
Video describing how easy it is to save marigold seeds for re-planting.
Some delicious and beautifully creative ways to use marigold petals.