Scientific Name : Tagetes patula
Common Name : Dwarf Crested French Marigold
Blooming Season : Spring, Late Spring, Late Summer, Summer
Plant Habit : Upright
Spacing : 6 – 10″ (15 – 25cm)
Height : 10 – 12″ (25 – 30cm)
Width : 6 – 8″ (15 – 20cm)
Exposure : Sun
Grower Information :
Seed supplied as: Coated, De-tailed.
The market leader in French marigolds, Bonanza is the series to choose when you want to pump up your pack sales. This popular series delivers earliness, large flowers, uniformity and superior performance under a wide range of conditions.
Transplant to finish: 3 to 4 weeks
- Double crested flowers are the largest of any in this type – 2 to 3 in./5 to 8 cm across – in a wide range of pure, intense colours.
- Fast to flower with a tight flowering window.
- Excellent garden performers under a wide range of conditions
Start with a tray or pot filled with damp soilless potting mix. Sprinkle the marigold seeds over the potting mix. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of vermiculite. Cover the pot or tray with plastic wrap and place the tray in a warm spot. The top of the refrigerator works well. Marigold seeds do not need any light to germinate, so you don’t need to provide light yet. The next step for growing marigolds from seed is to check the planted marigold seeds daily for germination. Typically, marigolds will take three to four days to germinate, but may take a few days longer if the location is cooler. Once the marigold seedlings appear, remove the plastic wrap and move the tray to a location where the seedlings will get at least five hours or more of light each day. The light can be from an artificial source. As the seedlings grow, keep the potting mix damp by watering from below. This will help to prevent damping off. Once the seedlings have two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted to their own pots where they can grow indoors under light until after the last frost has passed.