MARIGOLD Crackerjack - TAGETES erecta 100g

African Marigold

SKU: F 69-100g
Stock: In Stock

Family: Asteraceae
Characteristics: Annual to 90 cm

Seed per packet: Approx. 100
Seed per gram: Approx. 300

Size:
$32.98 AUD Inc. GST

 ‘Crackerjack’ is an old-fashioned heirloom cultivar with large, showy, carnation-like flowers in shades of gold, orange and yellow deep orange double flowers that grow to 90 cm tall.
A very early and free-flowering variety.
Blooms over a long season from late spring to late autumn.

Marigolds have edible petals that can be added to salads for a sweet or savoury flavour.

Recommended for beds & borders, cut flowers or mass plantings.
It is also useful as a companion plant to control insect pests in the vegetable garden.

The flowers are used for natural dyes in food and fabrics.

Tagetes erecta is native to Mexico despite being often called African marigold. The Aztecs gathered them in the wild plants and cultivated them for medicinal, ceremonial and decorative purposes.

Adaptable to most garden soils in an open sunny position.

The optimal time to plant marigolds in Australia is spring or early summer. This will allow ample time for the plants to establish their roots before the scorching summer sun arrives.
As marigolds are not frost-resistant, it is crucial to wait until the risk of frost has passed before planting them outdoors.

Tropical: Autumn, Winter and Spring
Temperate: Spring, Summer, and Autumn
Cold: Spring and Summer

  • Sow 5-6mm deep directly in the growing position
  • If sowing in trays or containers, transplant when large enough to handle.
  • For mass planting, scatter the seed and rake over just enough to cover the seed. 

Germination: 7-10 days at 24-28°C

*Please note:

  • Please do not be too hasty to discard seeds that do not germinate; seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural germination requirements.
  • As with all seeds, they must have adequate water to keep them moist but not too wet.
  • These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

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