Marigolds

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  3. Can I Plant Marigolds, Celery and Mint in a 40 Cm Pot?
  4. Earwigs
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  6. Marigolds as Bug Repellents
  7. Will Marigold Grow on Indoor Window Sill?
Asked by Anonymous on February 14, 2011
Colorful Marigolds

I planted seeds from marigolds I grew from a previous season. They are all orange. What should I do to get more color from the marigolds?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If the parent plants were not orange and their seeds grow orange plants, then they were probably hybrids that revert back to orange when grown from seed. Some breeders develop the flowers this way to keep their variety exclusive. If you would like to grow marigolds from seed that stay multi-colored, you will need to find a multi-colored, non-hybrid variety and collect seeds from those plants.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 22, 2011
Marigolds

I deadheaded all my marigolds last year and have planted them in seedling trays by the color of their blossoms. All but one have sprouted. Can some varieties take much longer than others? It looks like I’ll have lots of yellow, small and large orange flowers, but may not get any of the bi-color dark orange.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It may be that some of the varieties you harvested were hybrids, which will not germinate. Bi-color marigolds especially tend to be hybrids. These need to be propagated by other methods.

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Asked by MrHossen1223 on April 10, 2011
Can I Plant Marigolds, Celery and Mint in a 40 Cm Pot?

Can I plant marigolds, celery and mint in a 40 cm pot? Please give me an answer as quickly as you can.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would not recommend planting them all together in one pot that size. The marigolds and mint would be fine in a pot of that size together, but I would recommend a 5 gallon bucket (or comparable size pot) for the celery.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 23, 2011
Earwigs

Earwigs have destroyed marigolds and petunias. Are there any low growing flowers that I can plant that they will not eat?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on June 6, 2011
Water for Plants

Does it matter if I use tap or distilled water for marigold seeds? I am working on school science project for 7th grade.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, it will not affect the seeds. There are just a few plants overall that need distilled water and marigolds are not among them. Good luck with your project.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 7, 2011
Marigolds as Bug Repellents

I have seen many references to the fact the marigolds emit a scent which is noxious to ‘bugs’ and keeps them away from vegetables such as tomatoes. I assume that they do not keep pollinating insects away from the tomatoes. Is this true?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is true that many insect pests, such as white flies, are put off by the smell of marigold plants. However, there are numerous pollinators (like bees) and predatory insects (like hover flies, which eat aphids) that are actually attracted to marigolds. Needless to say, it will not keep away important pollinators and may even attract other beneficial insects that feed on harmful ones.

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Asked by marigold on June 14, 2011
Will Marigold Grow on Indoor Window Sill?

Which ones could I buy for in my home in a sunny place? Thanks. audq@hotmail. ca
Audrey

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you get at least 5 hours of sunlight through the window, they should be able to grow fine there.

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