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Merigold Instructions

Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Marigolds

  1. Bright yellow is the most common color, but some varieties are pale yellow to deep orange
  2. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost or plant seedlings outdoors after last frost
  3. Choose a site with full sun and soil amended with compost
  4. Water regularly; protect from frost
  5. An annual that blooms all season long

Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 50-80 days from seed to flower
Height: 6 to 18 inches
Spacing: 8 to 18 inches apart in all directions

Site Preparation

Marigolds are not fussy and will tolerate most conditions. However, with rich, well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine, these plants will thrive. Generous amounts of organic compost or well-aged manure mixed into the garden prior to planting will greatly improve the health of flowers. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.

How to Plant

Sow marigold seed directly in the ground and cover with a thin layer of soil (about 1/8 inch deep). Water thoroughly. Thin to 8-18 inches apart after seedlings have sprouted. Marigolds can also be started early indoors under grow lights for transplanting outdoors about six to eight weeks before the last frost date. 

Once established and healthy, marigolds will continue growing easily, even if left unattended. Water to keep the soil moist.


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