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Grow a garden that's filled with the warmth of the sun, through the beauty of the "Smiles Marigold," from freshly harvested Tagetes erecta flower seeds. Smiles is more of wild growing Marigold, growing to a mature height of roughly 24 to 36 inches tall. The blooms display rows of tightly packed petals, much like a Zinnia, in a bright yellow coloring. Smiles Marigold flowers are attractive to many beneficial insects, including butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds as well. These beauties can be directly established outdoors, and are popularly seen in many butterfly gardens and insectaries.
Smiles Marigold is categorized as an annual flowering plant. Annuals such as this will grow quickly from freshly harvested Marigold seeds, producing leaves, flowers and seeds, all within a single growing season. The plants can self seed at the end of the season, if seeds are allowed to drop to the bare ground beneath. The blooms can be extended if pruned by the process of dead heading. (Popping off the spent blooms from the plants so that new flowers can grow)
Smiles Marigold will look great if planted outside in the garden, along driveways, walkways and fences, or even in a naturalized setting. These beauties not only look great in the garden, but also in vases as well. Many people use Marigold flowers as a cut flower in bouquets and floral arrangements.
Marigold seeds are best started indoors, in a controlled environment for the best success rate. Sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, at a depth of 1/16" under topsoil. Do not bury the seeds as they will need a bit of direct sunlight to properly germinate. Transplant entire pots into the garden, or direct sow when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Marigold plants thrive in an area of full sunlight, with temperatures of around 70F or higher. They prefer a dry climate and don't require much moisture. The soil can be average, but should be well drained as well. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily with a spray bottle or mist setting until germination has occurred.
Marigold seeds typically take about 7 to 14 days to germinate if the proper conditions are met. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 12 inches tall and can be spaced about 8 to 12 inches apart from one another. The large, 2 to 3 inch blooms come in a red-orange coloring, and are accented with a golden-yellow secondary tone. This variety also attracts an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees & hummingbirds as well. Excellent cut flowers for fresh floral arrangements and bouquets.