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Flowerkitty
Apr 28, 2021 8:31 AM CST
Hey y'all! It's a beautiful spring day in Alabama and I want to transplant my young marigold plants! They're "Jaguar" and "Jolly Jester" varieties.

Since I started them from seed, they've gotten pretty tall (6"-10"). I'm very new to gardening and they did get pretty leggy at first. Now it seems like their base stems are a bit stretched and skinny.

What I want to know is, can I bury the bottom of the stems? Will they grow roots there, or will the stems just rot?
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Apr 28, 2021 8:40 AM CST
Hello! I've grown marigolds for over 20 years, and I just direct seed them where they are to grow. Typically I sow around the first of May. I grew these two varieties last year, and they are lanky, tall marigolds. They might have been bushier had I pinched them early on, but I think that's the way these varieties usually grow. Your plants look really good; for myself I would just plant them the way they are. I've never buried marigold stems when planting, so I don't know if they're like tomato plants, which develop roots all along the buried stem. So why not experiment? . Do some buried, and some not. Then observe the difference. Next year, why not look into direct seeding?
I don't know your zone, but it's bound to be warmer than mine. Check your last frost date. I'm guessing you are in zone 8b.
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Alabama
Flowerkitty
Apr 28, 2021 10:05 AM CST
gardenfish said:Hello! I've grown marigolds for over 20 years...

Thank you! I am unfortunately limited to container gardening as I'm in an apartment with a tiny patio. I am in zone 8b, yes! I have enough plants that I can experiment, but being new at this I'm a little too protective of my leaf-babies, haha! But knowing that they tend to be lanky eases my mind. I'll experiment-- lord knows marigolds seem to survive almost anything. Thanks for the vote of confidence!
Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Apr 28, 2021 12:45 PM CST
You're very welcome! I do a lot of container gardening, too. I think they should bounce right back if you choose to cut on th top to make them bushier. I do have a 4'x4' annual bed. And boy, do I pack the annual flowers in!
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That's naughty Marietta in the first pic, I think. There's a street view of my yard. Doesn't show nearly all the pots! The bed going along side of the driveway is perennials. The one that goes on the street side is for annuals.


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There's one of the end of the annual bed. It's a jungle!
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Alabama
Flowerkitty
Apr 28, 2021 3:12 PM CST
gardenfish said:You're very welcome! . . . It's a jungle!

Prettiest jungle I've seen! ❤
California (Zone 9b)
CalPolygardener
Apr 28, 2021 3:17 PM CST
You can absolutely bury the stems. They will root all along the buried stem just like tomatoes.
Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Apr 28, 2021 4:08 PM CST
Good to know, thanks so much!
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Flowerkitty
Apr 28, 2021 6:31 PM CST
CalPolygardener said:You can absolutely bury the stems. They will root all along the buried stem just like tomatoes.

Great! Thank you!!

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