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Questions About Marigolds

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 14, 2011

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 15, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
April 13, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. Earwigs

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

Answered by
Nikki on
May 23, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 6, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. Will Marigold Grow on Indoor Window Sill?

Which ones could I buy for in my home in a sunny place? Thanks. [email protected] ca
Audrey

Answered by
Heather on
June 18, 2011
Certified Expert
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If you get at least 5 hours of sunlight through the window, they should be able to grow fine there.

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