How to Geminate Marigold Seeds

Overview

Marigolds are easy to grow, and available in yellow, red, white, gold, orange and even mixed colors. Practically care-free, marigolds are even resistant to most pests, which dislike their smell. Many gardeners mix them into plantings of vegetables or ornamentals because of their natural insect repellent properties. Marigolds are so easily grown from seed that anyone can succeed. You can start your marigold seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before the last predicted frost date in your area.

Step 1

Cut the lid off a Styrofoam egg carton and set it aside. It will make a handy tray for your seed starting flat. Poke several holes in the bottom of each cell of the carton with a toothpick to provide for drainage.

Step 2

Fill the cells of the egg carton to about ¼ inch from the top with sterile seed starting mix. Fill a plastic spray bottle with warm water and spritz the surface of the medium so that it's evenly moist, but not wet or soggy.

Step 3

Set 1-2 marigold seeds on top of the soil in each cell and cover them with about 1/8 inch of the medium. Space them about ½ inch apart. Spritz with water to moisten the soil surface evenly. Set the seed flat into the egg carton lid and seal it inside a clear plastic bag. Poke a few holes in the bag to provide air circulation.

Step 4

Place the seed flat in a warm, brightly lit spot out of direct sun. The top of your refrigerator or above a water heater are good choices.

Step 5

Place the seed flat in a warm, brightly lit spot out of direct sun. The top of your refrigerator or above a water heater are good choices.

Step 6

Remove the plastic from the seed flat when seedlings have each developed at least 2 leaves. Plant them outdoors in a sunny, well-drained spot in your garden. Spacing depends upon variety. Miniatures should be planted 4-6 inches apart, and giant types need 1-2 feet between each.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam egg carton
  • Sterile seed starting mix
  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Clear plastic bag

References

  • Germinating Marigolds Quick Tips

Who Can Help

  • Testing Seeds for Viability
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