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 Post subject: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:11 pm 
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Hi all

So I want to experiment with "companion planting" and want to plant some marigolds seeds early. As I'm looking at the seeds in the envelope, they look like long little needles, and this makes me ask... should I plant the needles by pushing them into the ground straight up and down or should I just lay them on the soil cross ways and cover them that way ??

Anybody plant marigolds before and could help me out, would be much appreciated.

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Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:14 pm 
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well, with bulbs and rhizomes it's an issue which direction you place them in...for seeds, i don't think it matters much. for any kind of seed, not just marigolds.

i could be wrong though.

does the package make any note about placing pointy side up/down/sideways? if nothing is specified, then it probably doesn't matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:08 pm 
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It doesn't matter. When they go to seed, the seeds drop to the ground and sprout where they lay, at least that has been my experience with them. If I plant them, I just lay them down and cover with some soil.

Have fun experimenting!


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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:37 pm 
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Once again, thanks a lot gang !!

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
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I think I'm a little late, but just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. I vote with the "throw them in and cover them" advice.... if you go through the trouble of planting pointy end down, thats where the root comes out and thats where the seedling pushes from. By the time it breaks out of the soil it's pointy end up, so the seed has to turn completely around if you plant it the other way.

But like luv2garden said, they drop to the ground and sprout where they lay - so don't sweat it! ( I just wanted to sound like I knew something :wink:)

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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:47 pm 
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I"m sure you know plenty Kato. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:49 pm 
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forum problems caused a duplicate.


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 Post subject: Re: Planting Marigolds
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:11 pm 
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You must sow marigolds indoors if you want to start in the spring, about six to eight weeks before the last frost is supposed to come around. You can sow them after the last frost if you don't care for later blooms.

Put your seeds directly in the ground, covering them with about 1/4 inch of soil. They need to be 8 to 18 inches apart. It depends on which kind it is.

If you choose healthy, green plants with no wilting or disease, they should have plenty of leaves. It is good if they don't have any flower. You don't want them to turn the early energy into root development and not flower.

Marigolds need full sunlight, as well as a rich, well-drained soil.

Cover with mulch to keep moisture and prevent weeds. Fertilize them every four to six weeks.

In autumn, after the frost blackens the leaves; pull up the plants and discard them.


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