Fully double, cheerful blooms on compact plants. Long lasting, well balanced mix for beds and tubs.
Easy and indispensable, fast growing bedding or container plants which flower and flower. Lovely as spot plants or ‘en masse’.
Sow indoors for surest results, February-April, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant them, 5cm (2″) apart, to other trays when large enough to handle. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May-June, 20cm (8″) apart, when frosts are over. Or, sow thinly, outdoors for ease, April-May, where they are to flower, 1.5cm (½”) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Thin seedlings as required. Water well until plants are established. Flowers: June to October.
Tip: Grown as companion plants to tomatoes, marigolds are said to deter whitefly attack.