Growing Marigolds

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Growing marigolds requires full sun exposure, good drainage in a raised flower bed and minimal watering. Grow marigolds with tips from a professional gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.com. In this segment we're going to learn all about Marigolds, one of my favorite garden plants. They're so simple to me and so traditional. I mean I've seen marigolds in people's yards for as long as I can remember. And they're easy to grow. So marigolds come in many shapes and sizes, but this is just a basic marigold. But the key is they've got to have sun, full, hot sun all day and good drainage. This is a raised bed. They love raised beds. So they need a way to drain in between. And lots of full, hot sun. But outside of that, I really don't water this area very well and it does well with other plants that don't take a lot of water. This is some prochosmia and some ice plants and some lavender. But they just make a great combination and they're easy to grow. And some Winters my marigolds here in the Northwest make it from year to year. Some years I lose them. But they're easy to replace. And this one I've enjoyed now for five months already. I have a feeling it's going to look good through Thanksgiving probably or farther because a lot of times we don't even get frost until January. So it's a plant that I really love. And periodically I'll just kind of break off the dead blooms. But they kind of deadhead themselves. I really haven't done much to this plant. And they come back for most of the year. They're blooming from pretty much May through November for me here in the Northwest. I love marigolds. They're so beautiful. I can always protect my marigolds. Sometimes I've actually dug them up and I'll put them in my greenhouse for the Winter and they survive until the Spring, whereas in warm climates you can leave them out and you'll never lose them. But it's easy to do. You just dig them up and put them in the greenhouse or you can cover them with plastic. But sometimes just saving the roots in a jar or putting them in a plastic bag for the Winter and you can put them out in the Spring, you can save them that way, or they're easy to replace. And they multiply very quickly. So sometimes you'll see they have runners or different starts will come up around them. So all you have to do is dig up those as well and you can plant those in different areas so you can have marigolds all over the yard. Really easy plant.