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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 3.8 out of 5 by 70.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous color These marigolds are my new favorites, fast and prolific growers, you won't be dissapointed. They start out a dark red and then fade into a lovely peachy pinky color. I would highly recomend these for your containers or garden borders. They bloomed all summer long and into Autumn.
Date published: 2019-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Problems, Problems . . . These "Strawberry Blonde" marigolds looked so lovely, I had to order a pack. When I received them, I couldn't help but notice there were only 30-some seeds in the pack. I texted Burpee to let them know, and they sent me a second pack for free. Unfortunately, these also had only 30-some seeds. Two short-weighted packs? Nevertheless, I planted every seed, but none germinated. None! I've reviewed for Burpee before, and I've always had good luck, often succeeding where others had difficulty. Most gardeners seem to have done so well with these . . . guess I've finally met my match.
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy These are lovely. I am very pleased with the Strawberry Blond Marigolds.
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy & beautiful Grew these in 2018. Planted in large planters outdoors & were so pretty. Abundant blossoms in beautiful colors.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to grow, beautiful colors Gemination was almost 100% (direct down in raised bed), and the plants have endured the constant yo-yoing of Florida's temps since December. The flowers evolve as they age, creating a pretty collage as new blooms come in beside the old. Will definitely be purchasing again.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Love these marigolds! I chose to direct sow seeds in pots outside once it warmed up here in Zone 5 with nearly 100% germination. Early on, some sort of critter dug up an entire pot's worth of seedlings, leaving them on the ground overnight. I figured they were goners but replanted the seedlings in their original pot, stuck a few in the ground and put a couple in with a potted tomato plant. To my surprise, all thrived - spending a night with their roots exposed seemed to have no effect so clearly this is some hardy seed. Blooms are long lasting and stunning with colors varying from yellow, deep pink, coral, etc. Love them!
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful with a Fall Surprise OK, normally I love the smaller marigolds, but was intrigued by the colors in this one. As it turns out not only were they very beautiful (in summer I got the colors similar to what they show in the photo on this website)... but once we got a drop in temperature I got a huge surprise and a real bonus. All my remaining blooms turned color to a gorgeous dark burgundy color... that looks stunning and just perfect for my fall landscape displays that looks great with orange mums, pumpkins, etc. Yes the price is high... but I will buy again!
Date published: 2018-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eventually Amazing I don't usually grow marigolds from seed, but after seeing these in a garden at a local museum, I had to try them. All I can say is, "Wow!" At first they don't do much, but when the flowers start they are incredible. For weeks now they've been opening a wonderful, mellow, USEFUL brick red. The flowers then mature in all different ways. Some go amber and keep the red center, some have red edge, some of the blossoms seem to fade to yellow, others a a uniform, yellow-peach-reddish-pink that blends well with other yellows, purples and pinks. Mind you, this is all on the SAME plant, at the same time. We had an unusually dry and hot summer and they made it through, no small feat there. I can't remember when I've had such fun with a marigold --OK never. The colors are usually a bit too screamin' orange or yellow for me. But these babies take the cake. Worth the price on the packet. Worth noting too, is that for once, the descriptive copy, which we all know (wink wink) is always part fantasy, is actually spot on.
Date published: 2018-09-17
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