Marigolds are such an easy annual flower to grow for your yard. They are low maintenance and drought tolerant. Learn how to grow Marigolds from seed to bloom.
Marigolds are one of my all time favorite flowers so I plant them in my yard every year.
The price of a flat of annual flowers is a real budget stretcher which is why I grow my own. I always enjoy growing marigolds from seed to bloom. There is a certain pleasure derived from seeing those beautiful blooms that you grew from seed!
An elderly neighbor taught me how to grow flowers from seed more years ago than I care to admit. Her favorite was petunias. Remembering her and our shared love for flowers makes me smile.
PLANTING THE SEEDS EARLY
The method I use to begin seeds is Winter Seed Sowing in repurposed milk jugs.
Read How To Use Milk Jugs For Winter Seed Sowing for the tutorial or watch the video below.
Marigolds are easy to grow, drought tolerant and very low maintenance. Seeds sprout in days and can be started indoors for a winter head start or directly into the ground in the spring.
The bold vibrant colors create fabulous curb appeal in deep orange and yellow with maroon shades. I like to plant Red Salvia with Dwarf Marigolds in front for flower bed borders.
PREPARE THE SOIL
This is where you get some exercise! I use a good old fashioned hoe and a garden rake to prepare the soil. If you happen to own a tiller then Yay! You know what to do!
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. Using a hoe burns lots of calories!
If flower 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.
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SEWING SEEDS INTO THE SOIL
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 with dirt. Now, gently pat down the dirt on top of the seeds.
Water carefully so as not to dislodge the seeds. Use the sprayer nozzle with light water so as not to dislodge the seeds until they sprout. They will generally sprout in 5-7 days or whatever time the package directions state.
If you have grown your seeds yourself, let’s plant those adorable seedlings! 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 but once the seedlings are in the ground and watered, they will perk back up.
Water them immediately when finished with the planting. They are delicate at this stage so be gentle with the watering.
CARING FOR MARIGOLDS
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.
Because Marigolds are drought tolerant they may not need watering every single day. However that doesn’t mean you should never water them. Here in the deep south where the heat and humidity keep us indoors, I water my flower beds about every other day or every three days if we have had rain.
Watch my Facebook video below for how to deadhead marigolds.
Plant some flowers in your yard this year and enjoy the gorgeous colors of God’s paintbrush!
Updated from March 11, 2015
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