DaisyI said:The only bi-color one I can think of is orange and red. Is that your next project?
dyzzypyxxy said:Although white marigolds have been around for years now, I do remember when the first white marigold - I think it was Snowdrift - came on the market. It took plant breeders years to isolate the white ones, then to propagate them and have them come true from seed.
This would seem to indicate that the white color is a recessive trait, and if that's the case, any crosses you make with white marigolds as one parent will most likely not be white.
That being said, marigolds self-pollinate and self-sow generously, so it should be easy to get some and give it a try. Edited to add: I did a little research in the database and other places, and all the white ones I saw listed are F1 Hybrids and will not come true from seeds. So not likely you'll get any white traits in the seedlings.
jwplantman said:Back in the 70s, when you bought a packet of marigold seed there was this offer- if you could get a white marigold the company would pay $10,000.00 for the plant. Keep crossing and trying you could get rich off new varieties. Good luck.
DaisyI said:Does the white marigold flower have all the appropriate parts?
critterologist said:Just wanted to chime in to say a couple folks in our group have grown out seed from hybrid white marigolds and gotten white marigolds that were nearly the same as the originals, maybe slightly smaller blooms.
dyzzypyxxy said:The flower needs to be fully mature to have pollen and an ovary capable of receiving it. That white flower isn't even open all the way yet. See how it's still green in the middle and the petals are folded in.
I'd wait until it looks almost "blown" then carefully cut the flower in half and see if it has pollen (stamens) and an ovary (pistils?). Then wait for the next flower, let it get fully open and mature, then try crossing them again.
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