Half Hardy Annual
Description – Long-lasting marigold that produces large, showy single lemon yellow flowers from June to September. Effective deterrent against greenfly and whitefly when planted in the greenhouse and outdoor borders. Great for beds.
Sowing – Sow seed on the surface of a good free-draining, damp seed compost. Cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 20-25°C (68-77°F) until after germination which usually takes 7-21 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination.
Growing – Transplant seedlings into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots once large enough to handle. Grow on in cooler conditions for 10-15 days before planting out 15-20cm (6-8in) apart after all risk of frost has passed.
Aftercare – Adds a citrus taste of orange or lemon when used in sandwiches or salads. Write to us for a free leaflet with recipes for a wide range of edible flowers. CAUTION: Marigolds may be harmful in large quantities. Eat occasionally and in moderation.
Flowers – June to September