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Marigold, Lofty Lady

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Giant plants produce enormous blossoms with sweet fragrance.

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You have never seen a marigold this tall; and you'll never see it at your local garden center. Winner in our Fordhook trials, this towering 3-3 1/2' tall Thai marigold explodes with dazzling yellow 4" blooms on very long stems. Ideal for vases; blossoms will scent the room with a subtle but distinctively sweet marigold fragrance.
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Sun

Full Sun

Height

3-4 feet

Spread

14-16 inches

Ornamental Use

Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle

Annual

Sow Method

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Flowering

true

Bloom Duration

12

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  • Marigold may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost, or from potted plants.

    Sowing Seed Indoors:

    • Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost using a seed starting kit
    • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed starting soil
    • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees
    • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
    • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
    • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
    • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
    • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
    • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

    Sowing Directly in the Garden

    • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost. In frost free areas, sow from fall to early spring. In the Deep South, a spot that receives shade during the afternoon helps protect plants from excessive heat. 
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones. 
    • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
    • Sow seeds about 6 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
    • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
    • Thin plants to stand 9-12 inches when seedlings are 1 inch high.

    Planting Potted Plants:

    • Select a location in full sun with good rich, moist, well drained organic soil. In the deep South, a spot that receives shade during the afternoon helps protect plants from excessive heat. 
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones. 
    • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
    • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
    • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
    • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
    • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Watering during dry spells will improve flowering--although it will produce lots of succulent leaves.
    • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
    • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
    • Deadhead marigolds to keep them flowering from late spring until frost.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
    • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
    • Add marigolds to sunny beds, borders and containers. Plant marigolds with both sun-loving annuals and perennials in your garden. Marigolds combine well with lavenders, salvias or sages, cosmos, daylilies, coreopsis, and nasturtium. 
    • Marigolds are frequently planted among vegetable crops to prevent pest and disease problems. 
    • Many shorter marigold varieties are great for containers.
  • Sun
    Full Sun
    Height
    3-4 feet
    Spread
    14-16 inches
    Ornamental Use
    Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
    Life Cycle
    Annual
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
    Flowering
    true
    Bloom Duration
    12
  • Marigold, Lofty Lady is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible These are amazing. I have recommended them to friends. They get to 4 feet tall easily. I won first place in our county fair with these (in the tall Marigold category). Super in a vase!
    Date published: 2015-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lofty Lady is an eye popper I inter planted lofty Lady marigold with 5 foot tall orange tithonia. Lofty Lady has reached five feet tall, are super bushy and are covered with blooms. Deer or rabbits don't bother this planting at all. I will never have an annual flower bed without Lofty Lady, it's an awesome flower!
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Marigolds Marigolds are most often considered companion plants...Lofty Ladies are anything but. They could easily be the focal point of any sunny summer garden. These marigolds are long stemmed and many are over 4 inches wide and make beautiful cuts mixed with bright colored zinnias and blue salvia. Love them!
    Date published: 2014-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lofty lady my lofty lady exceeded normal growth.they were almost 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide.they lasted till late November.i had to buy metal hoop stakes to support them.
    Date published: 2013-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beauty I grew this plant from seed last year and it was a winner for sure. Tall, healthy beautiful plants topped with gorgeous yellow blooms. The plants were strong and vigorous and were a sunny welcome to my garden as I had planted around my front yard corner fence. I had flowers through the end of October...and the only thing that stopped this lovely flower was the winds and rains of Superstorm Sandy. I have never been a fan of marigolds, but this one has changed my mind for sure. I am adding Lofty Lady to my list of must haves in the garden.
    Date published: 2013-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HUGH FLOWERS I STARTED FROM SEEDS. I HAVE SO MANY FLOWERS ALL OVER MY YARD. GOES GREAT WITH FALL TIME COLOR.
    Date published: 2012-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Marigold Blooms Nonstop The best marigold we had in our garden trials. This tall, luscious marigold with deep green foliage stands almost 4 feet high. Indestructible by rain, pest or spore. Blooms nonstop all summer long. The huge first set of blooms is almost 4 inches in diameter! Long, 9-inch sturdy stems are great in the garden, container and vase.
    Date published: 0013-11-30
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