Marigold Seeds - Dwarf French Mixed
- Seed Count: 150 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 50-60 days from sowing
- Plant Height: 6-12 inches
- Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
- Flower Colors: Yellow, orange, red, and maroon
- Sun Requirements: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil
- Special Traits: Drought-tolerant, pest-resistant, and long blooming season
History: Dwarf French Marigolds, originally native to Mexico and Central America, have become one of the most cherished annual plants around the globe. Their vibrant colors and hardy nature have earned them a place in gardens from Asia to North America. Historically, marigolds were used in religious and cultural ceremonies, but their role expanded as explorers spread them to various parts of the world. Recognized for both their ornamental and practical uses, Dwarf French Marigolds have become a staple in gardens, serving as both a decorative and functional plant. They have also been widely used in traditional medicine and have been researched for their potential anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Uses: The versatile nature of the Dwarf French Marigold makes it an indispensable addition to gardens. Known for their small, daisy-like flowers, they are ideal for borders, mass plantings, and container gardening. The array of colors available allows them to fit into any garden theme. Additionally, their strong scent makes them excellent for natural pest control, deterring nematodes and other garden pests. They are also popular in cut flower arrangements, bringing a pop of color and lasting freshness to indoor spaces. For those interested in companion planting, marigolds are a good neighbor for many vegetables and can help deter pests from the garden as a whole.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Dwarf French Marigolds are renowned for their ease of care and resilient nature, making them suitable for gardeners of all levels. They are relatively short plants, generally reaching heights of 6-12 inches and spreads of 8-10 inches. To grow, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Till the soil lightly and sow the seeds on the surface, covering lightly with soil. Space them about 8-10 inches apart to allow for proper growth and air circulation. Water moderately until the seeds germinate, usually within 5-7 days. Once established, these marigolds are drought-tolerant and require minimal maintenance. You can expect the first blooms around 50-60 days from sowing, and they will continue to flower abundantly throughout the growing season. Their inherent pest-resistance adds to the ease of care, making them a great choice for a fuss-free yet colorful garden.