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Marigold, Strawberry Blonde

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Breakthrough French marigold with floriferous rush of bicolor pastel pink, rose and yellow blooms.

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Extraordinaire! This breakthrough French marigold commands loving attention with a floriferous rush of bicolor pastel pink, rose and yellow blooms. Vigorous, bushy, stunner introduces never-before-seen cool shades to the marigold color palette. Beauteous blooms actually change color. When warmer, blooms are yellow-pinks; when cooler: pink-plum tones kick in. Mounded, indestructible 8-10" plants infuse the sun-splashed border or container with a long season of colorful cool warmth. Creates island of color planted en masse in drifts.
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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.

8-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

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

Beds, Borders, Container

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

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Mound

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  • Marigolds

    Marigolds
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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, 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
8-10 inches
Spread
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Mound
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Rose, Yellow
Marigold, Strawberry Blonde is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GORGEOUS flowers! These are some of the prettiest flowers I've ever grown. I can't get over how many different shades of red/orange/yellow there are on each blossom, and from plant to plant. My seeds went straight into one of my raised beds on April 10th and they were all up within a week, with blossoms open by mid-May. It's September now and they're hugely bushy and still blooming like crazy with zero effort on my part at all. My toddler is in love with them and runs to pick them every time we go outside, but even with her destructive forces unleashed upon them they've soldiered on and have so many blooms you can't tell what she took. New staple for me for sure!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marigold Strawberry Blonde I love the new strawberry blonde marigolds. They have been blooming beautifully from the beginning of July & still look great. They weren't setting buds in June when we had 109 degree temperatures, but in July finally set lots of buds. One has to be patient. Very happy with them!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colors! So glad I purchased these. The colors are true to the pictures. Will buy again.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not thrive Sorry, I would love to give a great review but the seeds did not germinate very well. The few that did were not growing strongly and I finally gave up on them. I will try this again next year but will order the plants, not the seeds.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no sprouts for me This was my first time trying to grow Marigolds and I had no luck at all. I did not get a single seed to bloom and we are halfway through August. So I don't know if Marigolds don't work for me in my part of North Carolina or if it was a seed issue. Can't say I'm game to try again. Just have not had much luck with the 3 seed packets I ordered from Burpee this year.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kind of a bust. I ordered these seeds for my kids to grow this summer. I have never had issues with marigolds, but my goodness! These took literally the entire summer to get going. Now here we are in August, a week before school starts, and just now we have our first blooms. We started these indoors like usual, most of those died off if they sprouted at all. We also did some direct sowing, those plants, the ones that sprouted at all, are just now starting to bloom.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT a winner for me Marigolds are surely one of the easiest plants to grow from seed. These had average germination under lights. I start thousands of vegetables and annual flowers under lights every season. My big complaints with this marigold are color and vigor. They did not show any of the robust strength one expects from a marigold. And worse, their color was sickly in my opinion. Nothing like the photos. They were more of a dull rusty homely brown. I will steer clear of this one in the future.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite! outperformed any marigold I had This one in cool weather had beautiful peachy color. Any marigold I had in past poops out mid summer - not his one - keeps going as I deadhead it. I will be saving these seeds!
Date published: 2017-08-12
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