The Q&A Archives: marigolds

Question: Have you ever heard of a single marigold growing into a 7' bush? How about the yellow & red stem dogwoods blooming 3&4 times in one season? Or glads making seed pods?? Have any info on theses ??'s Thank-you

Answer: I have never seen a 7' marigold but there is one variety - Marigold Giant Sunset
(Tagetes erecta) that grows about 4' tall. You must certainly have a green thumb! Tagetes erecta are African marigolds; the common French marigolds we use in borders grow only 8-12" tall. If I were you, I'd save some seeds and plant them again next year.

Red twig dogwoods normally bloom in early summer with a repeat bloom in early fall, but I've never seen them bloom more than twice in a year. Again, your green thumb is showing!

Gladioli do produce seeds under the right conditions. If you don't snap off the spent flowers, and if the insects have been busy visiting the flowers, the glads will produce seeds. You can collect the seeds, sow them in pots and plant them in your garden. They won't flower for several years, but it might be fun to try! I don't usually get seedpods on my glads because I remove the spent flowers so the flower spike will continue to grow and produce new flowers. Maybe next years I'll leave them alone so they can produce seed pods, too!

Thanks for sharing your garden delights!

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