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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Ensure that the soil in the peat pots remains moist and place the seeds in a warm, dark area until they sprout.

Step 3

Bring the sprouted marigold seedling out when the first two leaves are visible. Place them in the sun.

Step 4

Cull the smaller, weaker plants. Leave one plant per small peat pot.

Step 5

Begin to accustom the seedlings to outdoor temperatures by putting them out in the morning and bringing them in in the evening.

Step 6

Plant your marigold seedlings in their final pots. By using peat pots, the entire seedling pot can be planted.

Step 7

Pinch off the spent flowers to encourage further flowers and growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Small peat pots
  • Marigold seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Hand shovel
  • Pots


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