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Name: Steven
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
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Aug 21, 2021 6:12 AM CST
I have an LED grow light as well as a florescent fixture. It seems some plants prefer one over the other but I'll probably start with the florescent since it seems to be enough for the seedling marigolds.
The Honeycomb variety hasn't had any bug problems and is very compact so it should be a good candidate for indoor growing. Crossing Fingers!
The neighbor's lawn is always nicer.
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purpleinopp
Aug 21, 2021 7:45 AM CST
I'm going to keep one or more rooted cuttings in their water bottles on a sunny windowsill. Worth a try. Worst-case scenario is that they die and then I'll be right where I would have been if I hadn't tried.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 8, 2022 4:51 PM CST
Lynda, Tiffany, Steven and the rest of you...has anyone started any marigolds indoors yet, or is it too soon? I suppose it would be better to start the "pot marigolds" (Calendulas ) now, as they prefer growing in cool weather and can handle frost.
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Name: Bea
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bumplbea
Jan 8, 2022 6:53 PM CST
Evelyn โ€ฆ when is best time to start marigold seeds. In my humble opinion when starting any seed it depends on when the last frost date in your zone is when to start seeds with the purpose to plant directly out in your garden or if simply outside after time taken to hardening off seedlings.
The season in my zone Is when I consider to start seeds. Or if in a greenhouse not to strategic if heated.
Other wise it can become a lot of continuous transfer to larger pots before planting. Light heat and length of daylight all comes into play for healthy happy plants, as we all have learnt what's works well after gardening for any length of time.
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
Jan 8, 2022 7:38 PM CST
Mine sprouted, Kilimanjaro marigolds, I think I threw them down not too long ago before the big rain.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 8, 2022 9:59 PM CST
Hi Bea ~ Yes, it is too early for marigolds for me. Though I could start some calendulas, once I figure out where I am going to set up my indoor system. Last year when I was immobile, DH moved all the metal shelves out of the garage, where I usually start my seeds. Last, year, of course, I did no such thing.

I want to do some zinnias as well, but of course too early for those unless it would be just an indoor grow. I would like to do that, though...

I like to start peppers early, as they are slow in the beginning. I have to think of "alternative venues". Whistling
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LorettaNJ
Jan 9, 2022 12:53 PM CST
The one marigold I am thinking of starting early is Tagetes tenuifolia - Signet Marigold. I have trouble keeping the seedlings alive since the leaves are so thin. They dry up in half a day.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 9, 2022 4:40 PM CST
I've found that here it's better to direct seed outside, the plants do better. Now having said that, we do marigolds for the MG sale every yearโ€ฆ and I have a wonderful lady who does them. The one time I tried them indoors they didn't do very well. Starting plants inside isn't my strong suit.
We can seed outside around April 15. Ive even seeded marigolds outside as late as June and still got lots of blooms. We have a long growing season here.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 10, 2022 8:51 AM CST
Since I didn't even get seeds last season until May, I'm not worried about getting an early start - and don't have an inch of space for it. I did save a LOT of seeds, so I'm ready to make a big patch - somewhere.

Unfortunately, I don't think any of the rooted cuttings are still alive, so the dream of April Marigold blooms is probably a lost cause. I've got bottles and jars everywhere, so I'm not totally sure, but when I notice something has croaked, I thin the herd. I know some of the discards were Marigold.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Jan 10, 2022 1:31 PM CST
I'm still amazed how well my coleus cuttings are doing! Marigolds are so easy to seed I never thought about taking cuttings.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 10, 2022 2:27 PM CST
They are. So easy I thought they might keep blooming all winter. If I try again, I'll try a good ol' pot of soil.

Good to hear about the Coleus. The ones of mine that managed to score a spot really close to a good window are thriving. Most of the rest are just stayin' alive, and a few have decided it was just too cold and dark where they were put to go on living. Can't say I didn't give as many stems a chance as I could tho. : )
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Name: brenda reith
pennsauken, nj (Zone 7a)
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breith95
Jan 10, 2022 6:12 PM CST
I love the scent of marigolds{ and geraniums } and I want to plant them this year. Any suggestions on which to plant-from seed? Seed ordering time is now and Eden bros keep pestering me with their promos. the african marigolds looks nice. how do they hold up?
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
Jan 10, 2022 6:20 PM CST
Don't know, this is my first year with Kilimanjaro.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
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Jan 10, 2022 11:09 PM CST
I love the Africans! They make their presence known, They do very well for me.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 11, 2022 9:03 AM CST
Africans are incredibly tough, and very easy to grow from seed. You should know, Brenda, that they are very tall plants and are related to the original stock that comes from Mexico. For a African variety,why not try the old standby? It's called crackerjack and has been around for decades.if your grandma grew marigolds this is probably what she grew. Crackerjack produces very large, up to 4" blooms in shades of yellow, gold and orange. The shorter marigolds, the French are suited for pots and garden edges. They don't come from France, really, but are bred from short selections of the African years ago. Then there are African French crosses, which produce a compact plant with large flowers. Here's two websites to check out for lots of different marigolds, Summerhill seed and Swallowtail seed. They both have a huge variety of annual flower seeds.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 11, 2022 9:29 AM CST
I wonder what kind mine were? Does anyone have any opinions? The foliage didn't have much scent but the blooms did.

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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 11, 2022 4:35 PM CST
The first pic is a French.
Second pic appears to be French looking at the style of flower and the low growth.
Hard to tell with the third pic because I can't see the flower, but if it's a cutting of the previous two pics, most likely a French.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 11, 2022 4:39 PM CST
Cool, thanks!
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 11, 2022 4:42 PM CST
You're very welcome! If you seed some marigolds that grow up to tow feet, they are probably African. However, there are some heirloom marigolds with French style flowers that are very tall. Naughty Marietta, Jaguar, burning embers. I bought some burning embers for this year. They are a very dark reddish bronze color, small flowers and tall. They are supposed to be very aromatic.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 11, 2022 4:46 PM CST
My plants did not get to knee-high, so it doesn't sound like they were African. Not very tall but they bushed out, surprisingly wide.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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