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Marigold, Snowball Hybrid

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This is the whitest, most free-flowering white marigold ever.

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This is without a doubt a plant that must be grown in your garden. Incredibly free flowering, you will have ample blossoms to brighten the garden as well as grace fresh arrangements. Strong stemmed upright plants grow to 24" tall and proudly display full 3" globes of the whitest marigold we have ever grown. Try them with warm colored zinnias, salvias or celosias. Can be sown directly in the garden after all chance of frost, or start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost for earlier blooming. Grow in full sun and space plants 12-14" apart in the garden. GARDEN TIP: Remove spent blooms and fertilize regularly to promote fuller, more robust blooms.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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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
20-24 inches
Spread
10 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
14
Marigold, Snowball Hybrid is rated 4.266666666666667 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous These plants flower like nobody's business! They are beautiful and quite large. However, I would call these more of a cream or vanilla color rather than white.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not do well for me. The flowers werel pretty, but small, the plants looked unhealthy.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supper big cream flowers These Flowers were beautiful! each plant grew to be about 2 feet tall in the containers I planted with them. They flowered profusely through out the summer but require dead heading to keep them flowering and looking pretty. These do not have the typical strong marigold smell but do have a soft smell. I loved these and will plant again.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful flowers These were a bit slow to bloom, planted inside in March with the first bloom in July, but after that they exploded with large, beautiful buttercream colored flowers. The plants grew true to size and created a mini hedge around the border of the garden. They actually had a pleasant scent and attracted dozens of Monarch butterflies! I did plant a few of the extras in an area that gets part shade and they did not do well at all. Make sure you have a nice sunny area to plant these.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was not impressed with this marigold at all. It's not fluffy (snow-ball-y) the way the picture implies. Dead-heading is difficult by hand. And, it doesn't have the pungent smell of French marigolds that help to keep insects away. In fact, I found a few Japanese beetles camping out on the flowers.
Date published: 2011-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs Deadheading The blooms themselves were lovely, but the deadheads were dark black. I can't deadhead very often, so the plants looked only half good.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAUGHT MY FANCY I never knew there was white marigold until I received the catalog. I had to purchase them. I sowed them in a large pot and now I have a showstopper! They are gorgeous! I am jealously guarding that pot of plants. No one on my block had seen white marigolds before!
Date published: 2009-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely flower, not a great cutter I usually plant these in a pot with 4th of July Zinnias. It makes a lovely mix. They have a nice fragrance. Only thing is, like most marigolds, they aren't the best for cutting. I've had little luck with that. But they're still wonderful to have in the garden, and like all marigolds they keep the bugs away!
Date published: 2009-05-26
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