Annuals forum: A Giant Marigold.

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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Aug 27, 2016 1:40 PM CST
In spring my spouse purchased two tetrapacks of marigolds.
At that time, all of the eight marigold plants looked the same.
She planted seven towards the outside of a large pot and one in the middle.

At the current time, however, while seven of the marigolds are the size of marigolds we were expecting and have bloomed all summer,
the middle one is now two foot tall, still gaining height and hasn't bloomed yet.
See picture below (Aug. 22, 2016)

Common sense might suggest that the plant in the middle grew from a seed for a large variety of marigolds,
but it seems odd that it is the marigold in the middle that is the giant one.
When planting, there was only a 1 in 8 probability of planting the one plant from a large variety in the middle.

Have other people had related experiences with annuals they've purchased?
Or perhaps with annuals they've grown from seeds they purchased?

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Aug 28, 2016 12:49 AM CST
Now that is my kind of marigold! If it blooms before frost, it would be interesting to save seed and see what develops.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Aug 28, 2016 10:15 AM CST
Exactly, Gary!
Name: My name is Monika...
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xoxomonisia
Sep 11, 2016 9:31 AM CST
please update us when it blooms
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Sep 11, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Will.
Still waiting, Monika.
Name: Flip Altman
Georgia (Zone 7b)
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Flip
Sep 12, 2016 6:40 AM CST
That tall Marigold looks really cool (even if it doesn't bloom)!
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Sep 23, 2016 4:26 PM CST
Current status of that mysterious giant marigold:

Current total height: twenty-nine inches, with some branching starting at about 25 inches.
The tallest branch (rising above the rest of the plant) has branched as well.

Gary, Monika, Flip, perhaps it's now a race between when it blooms and the first killing frost.
But will try to keep it protected for a while.

That top bit was curled and looked a bit like a question mark but we moved the plant into the sun and it's straightening out.

Today.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Sep 24, 2016 6:23 AM CST
Charlie are there any buds developing yet?
Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Sep 24, 2016 8:26 AM CST
SunnyBorders said:Current total height: twenty-nine inches, with some branching starting at about 25 inches. The tallest branch (rising above the rest of the plant) has branched as well.


Hi Charlie,

On the chance that this thing might be some kind of mutant, try to save seeds from it if you can. It is possible that a seed company might be interested in it, and might even pay some money for the seeds. I guess that might depend on how tall it eventually gets, or how tall the plants grown from the seeds can get.

ZM

Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Sep 24, 2016 9:10 AM CST
Not yet, Gary; but hoping.

Will Zenman. Great idea, but not expecting mega- (any) bucks!
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 24, 2016 12:08 PM CST
It looks like some one slipped an african marigold among the french type.
My grandmother use to grow marigolds that were almost 3 foot tall , but the smaller french types are almost all you can find now days.

Hope you get to see it bloom Crossing Fingers!
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Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Sep 24, 2016 5:02 PM CST
gardengus said:It looks like some one slipped an african marigold among the french type. My grandmother use to grow marigolds that were almost 3 foot tall , but the smaller french types are almost all you can find now days.


Hi Cinda,

That sounds like a plausible explanation. But let's wait and see how big this thing gets.

ZM
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Oct 12, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Took it in for one potential frost but it should now be OK outside for a while.
Still no buds, Gary.

Today.
Total height: 34 inches.
At least six branches and no sign of a bud.

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Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Oct 12, 2016 8:10 PM CST
It is really pretty as it is. Very interesting!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 15, 2016 2:19 AM CST
Mine were not so tall, but were enthusiastic growers.

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Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Nov 30, 2016 4:13 PM CST
The giant today.

Had been protecting it from the cold and finally moved it indoors on November 11.
Buds on it only finally began opening after that date.

As per Cinda, assuming it started as a misplaced seed (a Tagetes erecta marigold), but the three foot giant does seems to only noticeably differ from the other seven marigolds in it's size. To me, it looks like a scaled up version of them.

Have tried to collect seeds from the small marigolds which spent all summer outside.
None of the flowers on the giant have died.
Guess there's no chance of insect (bee) pollination indoors.
(Never saw bees on the small ones outside).

At this stage, I've failed to get seeds from the small plants. Am thinking they're sterile.
Speculation: perhaps they're the sterile male FI hybrids I've read about.
Apparently sterile male hybrids produce long-flowering, self-cleaning (etc.) marigold plants;
sterile male FI hybrids are now being propagated by tissue culture.

Was also reading marigold branches can be rooted in water or planted directly into potting or garden soil.
Have started to at least make an attempt to root a cutting indoors, though am not able to do so in a recommended way
(e.g. there's no flowerless branches).

Meanwhile the giant gives quite a splash of colour.
And the small ones are still blooming away.

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