Would you like to know how to plant Marigolds From Seed To Bloom ?
These are my Dwarf Marigolds from my 2014 flower garden. I have been waiting a whole year to share this with you!
Marigolds are one of my all time favorite flowers so I plant them in my yard every year. The colors are so vibrant, they stand out amongst everything else. Here in middle Georgia which is planting zone 8, marigolds will bloom until after the first frost.
Winter Seed Sowing
I started my marigold seed in March using repurposed plastic containers. You can read my post about that, Repurpose Milk Jugs & 2 Liter Bottles for Winter Seed Sowing here. Once your seeds have become precious little seedlings and all danger of frost has passed, it is time to set your seedlings into the ground! Prepare the soil.
Preparing the soil may not be the fun part but just smile because you are planting flowers and getting exercise at the same time which is a win-win, right!
Sewing the seed directly into the soil
So it’s now spring or early summer and you’d still like to plant flowers from seed! No problem, just sew your seed directly into the soil. You will still prepare the soil as shown below. Gently sprinkle the seeds across the area you have prepared. You are sprinkling the seeds on top of the soil. Please don’t try to plant each seed individually, it isn’t necessary. After you have sprinkled your desired amount of seeds, gently cover with dirt by sprinkling dirt on top of the seeds. Flower seeds are planted so near the surface of the dirt that they are almost not even covered with dirt. (It’s like sprinkling flour onto a surface that you are kneading raw dough on.) Just barely cover the seeds. Now, gently pat down the dirt on top of the seeds. Water carefully so as not to dislodge the seeds. They will generally sprout in 5-7 days or whatever time the package directions state. Keep your seeds watered to help them sprout.
Prepare the soil
I use a hoe and a garden rake to prepare the soil. The garden rake has wide enough tines to remove big lumps of anything you don’t want in your flower bed. The hoe of course is so you can loosen the soil nice and deep which will allow the roots to grow more healthy. If roots have to fight their way though rocks, roots or hard soil, they will stay shallow which will make the plants need water more often and be more susceptible to wilting.
Plant your seedlings
Now plan the pattern in which you want your flowers to grow. I lay mine out in offset rows so they will create a more full flower bed when grown. They will look like they are not going to make it during this process because they are like fish out of water. Water them immediately when finished with the planting. They are delicate at this stage so be gentle with the watering.
Keep them deadheaded for continuous bloom
You will want to remove the spent blooms all throughout the blooming season. This process is known as deadheading. You can use your garden shears or just pinch them off with your fingers. Deadheading the spent blooms will allow the flowers to keep blooming throughout the summer.
We have three Oak trees in this flower bed which drop leaves all year long. We allow the leaves to remain on the ground as compost. Our soil is predominately sand. We have to work very hard to add nutrients which will allow anything to grow! The most important thing we do is compost beginning with adding leaves and pine straw to our flower beds.
Do you plant flowers in your yard? What are your favorites?