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NoraJoy
May 7, 2020 3:38 AM CST
I am a beginner gardener with a small, shady garden in central London (we have a basement flat with the little garden at the back). I bought some Marigold seeds as I had some soil and a window box I wanted to use. On the seed instructions it says I have to plant in compost and vermiculite; place in a sealed container and keep at 20-25C until germination; transplant to trays; grow in cooler conditions for 10-15 days; then plant outside.

This seems like quite a convoluted process... can I not simply plant them straight in the window box, keep them inside until they start germinating, then put the box outside? I don't have and can't afford all these different trays, soils and vermiculite.

Also, how should I water them while they are germinating?

Thank you!
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 7, 2020 7:27 AM CST
Welcome! First question; what your weather like right now? I ask because I have been growing marigolds for 20 years, and I never start them inside. I seed them in the ground they are going to grow in. I'm planting seeds outside this week: a little late for me, but I can plant outside up until June and get blooms because we have a long season here. They will easily grow in pots or window boxes, and don't need special soils, just a good quality potting mix. If your daily temps are above 50, sorry, that's Farenheight, then it's ok to plant them now. Keep the soil damp until they germinate and when the seedlings are small.
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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
May 7, 2020 1:56 PM CST
I've grown them outside and in pots. I just use miracle gro soil, and water them good with spearmint tea or water/peroxide solution. Just once because I keep a lid on mine so the water doesn't completely evaporate away.

I would advise you, as I tell everyone else, to just germinate with plain ol' water.

If you don't have a lid. One good soaking at first, and then 3-5 days later (after it has had time to dry out) a good half-soaking (meaning 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water).

They are like weeds, so they do not need filtered sun at all.

It's not difficult. If I read that label, I would think I'd have to send them to a college to grow in a laboratory. And wonder, How are these plants not extinct?

They are very easy to germinate. I didn't even do my first batch correctly, and it germinated. As long as temps are above 50F they will germinate. It will just take longer, like 2-5 times longer (in some cases). 70F is for fastest.

Good luck and happy gardening!
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NoraJoy
May 8, 2020 5:37 AM CST
Thank you so much, all!
Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 8, 2020 5:43 AM CST
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Marilyka
Aug 7, 2020 3:04 PM CST
New question and info since my not fully blooming marigolds 8/6/20.
New photos show creepy destruction. Even a healthy looking bloom is ravaged on the inside. What creatures are these and how to do them in?





Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Aug 15, 2020 2:35 PM CST
Can you post pics? Marigolds are pretty tough plants, usually most bugs leave them alone.
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