Half hardy Annual
Description – Combines the flower power, garden performance and weather resistance of a French Marigold with large blooms similar to an African Marigold. Double mahogany red, large blooms on free-flowering busy and robust plants, to create impact in borders.
Sowing – Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp seed compost and cover seed with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place container in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 20-30C (68-86F). Germination usually takes 10-15 days.
Growing – Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 22-30cm (9-12in) apart.
Aftercare – Marigolds may be harmful in large amounts. Eat occasionally and in moderation.
Flowers – July to September