How to Grow Pot Marigold
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Marigolds are a favorite early flowering annual. Marigolds can grow in gardens or in pots. Pot marigolds can be a beautiful part of a small container garden or placed on porches and walkways. Marigolds like full or partial sun. Marigolds are a plant that insects generally avoid, and as such can be grown in a pot near other plants with which you may be having insect problems.
Fill small peat pots with potting soil, about a month before the expected last frost. Plant several marigold seeds per pot just below the surface of the soil. Moisten the soil and put the peat pots in a shallow tray with several centimeters of water.
Ensure that the soil in the peat pots remains moist and place the seeds in a warm, dark area until they sprout.
Bring the sprouted marigold seedling out when the first two leaves are visible. Place them in the sun.
Cull the smaller, weaker plants. Leave one plant per small peat pot.
Begin to accustom the seedlings to outdoor temperatures by putting them out in the morning and bringing them in in the evening.
Plant your marigold seedlings in their final pots. By using peat pots, the entire seedling pot can be planted.
Pinch off the spent flowers to encourage further flowers and growth.