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Marigold, Lofty Lady
Giant plants produce enormous blossoms with sweet fragrance.
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 3-3½' 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.
Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. In frost free areas, Sow from fall
to early spring. Sow seeds about 6" apart and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and
keep evenly moist.
How to Grow Marigolds
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand 9-12" apart when seedlings are 1" high. Marigolds
are drought-tolerant and easy to grow. Deadhead marigolds to keep them flowering from late
spring until frost. Watering during dry spells will improve flowering--although it will produce
lots of succulent leaves. In the deep South, a spot that receives shade during the afternoon
helps protect plants from excessive heat. Marigolds are frequently planted among vegetable
crops to prevent infections and diseases.
Add marigolds to sunny beds and borders. 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.