Growing your own marigold flowers can be a fun spring activity. Marigolds are a beautiful orange, yellow or gold colored flower. Marigold flowers are easy to grow and easy to care for. Marigolds come in different sizes being small six inch plants to over two feet tall. Marigolds are sturdy flowers that make beautiful gardens alone or mixed with other flowers. Small marigolds are good to use for a border in a garden.
Marigolds are known to repel bugs so it is a good idea to plant Marigolds in places that you want to keep bugs away. In between tomato plants is a good place to plant marigolds or near doorways to help keep bugs away from doors. Marigolds have an offensive odor to bugs and so bugs usually steer clear of marigolds.
It is very easy to grow marigolds. If you live in a colder climate it is a good idea to start your marigolds early before frost has left the ground. But you have to start marigolds indoors in cold climates. To get started growing marigolds indoors you will need marigold seeds, small pots to start the seeds in and some starter soil to put in the pots. A flat that does not leak water will be a good place to put the pots in so when you water them the water will not leak out all over. You will also need a sunny window or a sun lamp.
You should start your marigold seeds indoors about six to eight weeks before the frost is estimated to be out of the ground in your area. You can plant the marigold plants outdoors after the last frost. Frost will kill marigolds.
To begin take the pots and put the starter soil in them so that only a half inch is left up at the top of the pot. Then carefully take your marigold seeds and place them on the top of the soil in the pots. Marigold seeds are long and light like a tiny blade of dried grass so when you handle marigold seeds be careful that you do it in a place that is not breezy. Marigold seeds are very light and can blow away easily. Even your own breath can blow them away.
After you have places the marigold seeds on the soil pat the top of the soil with the seed in it lightly so the seeds get covered with soil slightly. Then water the seeds carefully so the seeds don't wash away. A very light sprinkling can works well to water marigold seeds.
Keep the seeds watered so the soil never dries out and you should soon have little plants growing in your pots. It is important to keep the plants in the sun after they have sprouted. A good window with sun shining through it will work well or a sun lamp that is on for about half the day is good.
When the danger of frost has pasted in your area then you can take these marigolds and plant them outside. You can put them in larger pots and keep them outside or you can put the marigolds in a garden plot. Space the marigolds apart so they have plenty of room to grow. It depends how big your marigolds are as to how far apart you plant them.
Your marigolds will start to bloom soon after you plant them outside. When the blooms die you should pinch off the dead blooms and then the plant will produce more blooms. Marigolds like to bloom all summer long. Marigolds will be beautiful with blooms until the first frost in the fall.
I love marigolds...except for the smell that is. lol. Bees loves it very much too! Marigolds are so easy to grow, mine are growing like crazy in the garden. I don't even have to spread the seeds as it does it, itselves when the wind blows the dry flower head off. All I need now is to find time to tone down the flower site with a garden shears.
Hey Niki! I have a huge pot of the yellow marigold about 2.5 feet in height that you can have...I think it's about dying now since I noticed that the branches is slowly drying up. I did pinch the dying flowers but branches are still drying up , maybe Jen can help me pluck the dry heads off so you can plant them for us. How's that sound?
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My Basil Turned into a Marigold November 18, 2007 8:06 PM
This is a true story from years ago...A friend lived in an "appropriately priced" apartment with less than a house beautiful exterior. At the edge of the parking lot however, there was an overgrown, cement planter complete with a palm tree and a whole host of weeds. The first year we dug out most of the weeds, put in some low maintenace chives, and a couple of six packs of marigolds.
During the months after, the chives started to fill in to produce a bit of a green carpet complete with purple flowers. The marigolds dissappeared through the munching of slugs, a returning cover of weeds, and finially due to a little less water than they needed. Meanwhile, the chive carpet grew shorter and there were few returning flowers. Spring came and while we were weeding, someone came by and gave us a package of purple leaved basil seeds.
So taking our primary weeding implements (screw drivers) and our digging implement (a spoon) we scratched the basil seeds into the dirt. This time, the bed was watered but by bucket.... Who knows what happened to the basil. But, in the area I planted the basil, there were some seedlings that didn't look quite like weeds; it is possible that we pulled the basil seeds with the weeds or that they got "flushed" in the watering process. So, we tended, watered, and weeded those unfamilar looking seedlings. My friend didn't particulary care but, there were two or three other residents with visions of purple leaved basil dancing in their heads.
The more they grew, the less they looked like purple leaved basil. But, again the leaves were still tinged with a bit of purple. Obviously we weren't talking soil beautiful here either. The weather warmed up a little and it rained a little for about a month. What can I say, everyone's interest waned. Come May, we found that our purple leaved basil had turned into 6" marigold plants complete with flowers.