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Marigold Spacing is a light-filled, boutique social enterprise near the Chapel of Ease. They offer a creative, diverse, and inclusive space for people to make new friends, explore their identities, and socialize.Give your garden and outdoor living spaces a shot of steady, season-long color by planting marigolds. This popular annual flower is a garden favorite because they are easy to care for, grow well from seeds, and attract pollinators. Many varieties of marigolds can also help repel root-knot nematodes, microscopic worms that live in the soil and can damage vegetable and fruit plants. Here is everything you need to know to grow marigolds.
Before planting marigolds, decide which type you want to grow. The most commonly grown marigolds are African (also called American or Aztec) and French types. African marigolds have large flower heads (up to 5 inches across) on plants that grow from 10 to 36 inches tall, making them good for fresh cutting. French marigolds are smaller and bushier, with flowers up to 2 inches across on plants that are 6 to 18 inches tall. They are excellent for planting among taller plants in need of pollination.When planting marigolds, you have two choices: seeds or young plants. Whichever you choose, be sure to wait to plant until after all danger of frost has passed.
Marigolds grow quickly from seed sown directly into planting beds, but you can get a head start by sowing seeds indoors in Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix about 6 to 8 weeks before the average last spring frost. It’s important to get African marigolds into the soil as early as possible once the weather warms, because they take longer to mature and flower than French marigolds do. In planting beds, space African marigolds 10 to 12 inches apart, while French marigolds should be 8 to 10 inches apart. If you’re planting marigolds into containers, use a pot that’s at least 10 inches across for African and larger French types. Dwarf French marigolds can grow in a 6-inch container or even a traditional strawberry jar with pockets. Immediately after planting marigold seedlings, water plants thoroughly. (Source:www.miraclegro.com)