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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 3.7 out of 5 by 62.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful blooms Every year I have a favorite flower, and this year it's definitely this one. Seeds started indoors were improperly taken care of, and - while they all germinated - all ended up with fungus. The small pinch of seeds I had left I just tossed out in a random corner of a flower bed and I am SO GLAD I DID! These blooms are stunning! A beautiful peachy-yellow that is thriving in extreme heat and humidity. These have done magnificently without any tending, and I cannot wait to see if the colors get pinker when the weather cools. Will definitely be purchasing these again and planting everywhere!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely pleased I purchased these seeds in late March/early April 2018 and started them indoors in peat pots. They had a high germination rate and grew quite quickly. I transplanted them into outdoor garden beds in Mid-May and the majority of them took however, they haven't grown much since. They are staying slightly smaller than your standard nursery varieties. However, they began producing blooms much more quickly. Each bloom in completely unique which creates a really stunning overall look to the plant. I would recommend these as a border plant which would look best right up against the front of your container or bed, particularly as a second row behind ground cover as they are extremely eye catching. Mine came out significantly more vibrant colors than the flowers Burpee has pictured here. One caveat, the rabbits have taken a very serious liking to these plants and ate several down to the stalk. If you have a rabbit population, I WOULD NOT recommend these plants as you will more than likely lose them. However, if you can keep the rabbits out of them I would recommend them without reservation.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Grow I always try and fail to grow my own flowers from seed. This is my first real success story. They are thriving!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome floriferous marigold Grew these from seed started in late March by the Great Lakes in a cold sun room, excellent germination 44 plants out of 51 seeds, so the failure to germinate for some people may be operator error, not the seeds. They took of quickly after setting the seedlings out in early May, now a ridiculous amount of wonderful flowers.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty but poor germination I love Marigolds and their hardiness and continuous blooms. I was excited to see this coloration and very willing to pay the higher price for the seeds. The packet said 50 seeds and I actually counted them (60 total) as I was starting the seeds in an Aerogarden system. I only had half germinate, which I think is very poor since the growing conditions were controlled and excellent.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed in germination I haven't had great luck in germination---I have about 3 small plants although I planted the entire pack, both direct sow as well as in starter pots. I usually have great luck with Marigolds, so not sure how these are different?
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Loved the flowers, but they're all dying! These are the first marigolds I've grown, and they were beautiful but didn't last long. They slowly started dying off, as though they were drying, but in reality were getting plenty of water. Maybe it's the humidity here on the Coast?
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prolific Blooms I planted these to use in the front of a sunny corner garden. They bloomed all summer into the fall. My only complaint is that they grew quite tall, more like 12 inches which overwhelmed some of my other plants. Loved the subdued colors which blended well with my blue and pink scabiosas, liatrus and white daisies. Will definitely purchase again since this marigold variety is not available in my local nursery. Would also comment that the plants arrived healthy which is not always the case with mail order flowers.
Date published: 2018-05-06
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