Sunday, April 26, 2009

How to grow marigold plants?.I mean using flowers or seeds?

Is there any simple way,I mean without planting a sapling.

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How to grow marigold plants?.I mean using flowers or seeds?
These are among the easiest of flowers to grow.

You can start them indoors from seeds 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. But it doesn't sound like you want to do this.

So, sow the seeds directly in the ground after all chances of frost have past. Cover them with 1/4 inch of soil. Keep moist. Thin to about 8 to 18 inches apart depending on the variety.

Or you can buy healthy green plants with no signs of wilting or disease from home %26amp; garden centers.

Plant the plants you've grown or bought when the last frost has passed in full sun in well drained soil. Mulch to preserve moisture and suppress weeds.

Protect from slugs and snails. They love these plants.

Pinch off spent flowers to keep them flowering.
Reply:I grow them by buying them already started from a nursery. I'm just not patient enough to do the seed thing!

What plants, (mostly herbs) from the choices below, would grow best indoors lavender and mint?

Parsley, Cayenne/Capsicum, Siberian Ginseng, Oregano, sweet marjoram, bay, dill, thyme, rosemary, sage, calendula/pot marigold, basil, parsley, Greek oregano, chives, coriander, cilantro, Garlic, onions


What plants, (mostly herbs) from the choices below, would grow best indoors lavender and mint?
I grew mint indoors last year and it loved it and then i put it ouside and it just took over...

I would try a combo of mint,sage,basil and parsley, they seem to grow well together.

Lavender seems to grow well with,dill,thyme and rosemary. At least thats what has been the norm in my and my mothers gardens. Hope that kinda helps!
Reply:All can be started inside, but you want to eventually move them outside where they will get full sun. All herbs grow best in full sun, not a sunny window. You could keep them in a Three-Season room for a bit, but again, for better plant health and better growth and longevity, you will need to move them outside, even if they are in containers.
Reply:check on-line sources to see the amount of sunlight each needs. Some can thrive under florescent light. Some don't hold up well to direct sunlight, such as german chamomile. I grew some and it didn't fair well in the Arkansas heat of late spring/ early summer.

Could I grow oats, and some of the herbs/plants below in Canada?

Kelp, Alfalfa, Parsley, Cayenne/Capsicum, Siberian Ginseng, Oregano, sweet marjoram, bay, dill, thyme, rosemary, sage, calendula/pot marigold, mint

I live about 4-8 hours away from Vancouver, in British Columbia, Western canada. thanks*-*

Could I grow oats, and some of the herbs/plants below in Canada?
I live in the Okanagan and grow just about all these. some don't last the winter though so you have to replant in the spring

Depending on exactly where you are you may find that some have to be replanted every year eg basil, rosemary, calendula,parsley while others are perennial ( plant once) eg thyme, oregano,

the reasons for having to be replanted vary from it getting to cold for the plant to survive ( eg rosemary ) or that the plant is a biannual ( eg parsley)

A good Canadian website is

Have fun in the garden
Reply:Bay and rosemary need to be brought in for the winter. Dill is an annual, parsley benefits from being planted annually although it last through the winter.
Reply:you didn't say which way you live from Vancouver. If its east you more than likely are zone 3/4, if you live north you may still be in zone 5. Have enjoyed your Buchard and Minter gardens, they are beautiful

Confused about marigolds?

French marigolds, pot marigolds, african marigolds, tagetes, calendula... Are these all different? And which ones are supposed to be beneficial in the garden (and for what reasons)?


Confused about marigolds?
pot marigolds are not true marigolds, they are calendulas. tagetes is the botanical first part of the name in "true" marigolds and they include the french and african varieties, of which there are many.

go for the ones with a strong "marigold" smell. Ask your local nursery or county extension agent which ones are best for repelling pests.
Reply:Calendula is the same as pot marigold. Very easy to grow annually from seed, gives a nice bright orange or yellow show and the petals are edible, some people use them in salads. When the flowers fade nip them off to prevent seeds forming and this will extend the flowering season.

French marigolds, African marigolds and tagetes are the same genus but African and French are common names for different species. The French marigolds are usually about half the size of African marigolds. Incidentally they don't come from France or Africa! This family, let's call them all tagetes, are again bright summer/autumn flowering annuals and give a pleasant display. The tagetes are thought by many people to be useful because they have a pungent smell which can be used to mask the smell of the tomato plant and carrots to inhibit the attack of certain insects which find the tomato and carrot by smell.

Have a look at the link to read more about tagetes.
Reply:They are different.

Research at the University of Georgia has shown that certain French marigold cultivars (Tagetes patula): Tangerine', 'Petite Gold', 'Petite Harmony', 'Goldie', and 'Nemagold', are effective in reducing root knot nematode populations in the soil when planted closely spaced in a solid block.

African or American (Tagetes erecta) take longer to reach flowering stage than the French type.

Species: This group probably is not as far removed from their wild ancestors as the much hybridized African and French types. Plants form compact, low mounds less than 12 inches high.

Tagetes tenuifolia 'pumila' (T. signata 'pumila'): The signet marigolds produce compact plants with finely divided, fern like foliage and masses of small, single flowers. 'Lemon Gem', 'Lulu', 'Paprika', 'Silva', and 'Starfire' are signet marigold cultivars.

Tagetes filifolia: 'Irish Lace' is the common name of this species. The leaves are finely and delicately divided. The white flowers are minute in size.

Triploid: These are hybrids between dwarf French and tall African cultivars. Most triploid cultivars grow from 12 to 18 inches high. In addition to combining qualities of the two different parental types, the triploids are sterile and incapable of producing viable seeds. Since none of the triploid plant's energy is directed to seed production, flowers are produced in profusion over a long period. Seeds are expensive and the germination rate is rather low.

Calendula (Ca-lén-du-la, pot marigold) is a genus of about 12-20 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to the area from Macaronesia east through the Mediterranean region to Iran. Calendula should not be confused with the true marigolds (Tagetes species, see marigold).
Reply:The odor of marigolds are said to repel some destructive insects that feed on vegetables and flowering plants. So just get ones with a strong smell.

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Can Foxglove/Digitalis, Marigold, and Lily of the Valley survive a Midwest winter potted outside?

Foxglove is a biennial and it might come back next year- but through its seeds Marigold will not come back. Lily of the Valley is a perennial and might come back next year- depends on how long the roots are frozen for. Your best bet is planting the Lily of the Valley in the ground and the foxglove in the ground for the best chances of them coming back.

Can Foxglove/Digitalis, Marigold, and Lily of the Valley survive a Midwest winter potted outside?
They won't survive in pots, but you could try bringing the pots inside or planting them. Lily of the Valley is very hardy.

Marigold is an annual and when it is done, it's done.
Reply:Not likely in the upper midwest. Marigold may "volunteer" from seeds next year. Digitalis and lily of the valley would probably make it if the plants were in the ground instead of in pots.

Does plant growth depend on the size of the pot?

I have a small plant like marigolds sprouting in my pot, it's pretty small, will it grow smaller due to space? If I were to grow one on a bigger pot, same amount of seeds, will it grow bigger due to space?

Also haha can I grow a sunflower on the small pot?

I live in the city, so no backyards or gardening available at all.

Does plant growth depend on the size of the pot?
For the most part, bigger pot, bigger plant. Even a giant sunflower will grow in a small pot but in miniature. RScott
Reply:The size of the pot will in some ways determine the size of the plant. The root system of a plant is obviously limited to the amount of room available, and the size of the root system is directly related to the size of the plant.

A plant can't grow any larger than it would be naturally able to grow, though, so if it has gotten the largest it should normally be able to get, then giving it more room to grow won't usually make it grow more.
Reply:[edit] Pot types and sizes

Proper pot size is an important factor to consider. A pot that is too large will cause root disease because of the excess moisture retained in the soil, while a pot that is too small will restrict a plant's growth. Generally, a plant can stay in the same pot for two or so years. Pots come in a variety of types as well, but usually can be broken down into two groups: porous and non-porous. Porous pots are usually clay and are highly recommended because they provide better aeration as air passes laterally through the sides of the pot. Non-porous pots such as glazed or plastic pots tend to hold moisture longer and restrict airflow. Another needed feature is drainage holes. Usually pots come with holes in the bottom to allow excess water to flow out of the soil which helps to prevent root rot. If a pot does not have drainage holes, it is best to double pot that plant so the inner pot can be lifted out and the excess water accumulated in the bottom of the outer pot can be removed. Wash old pots thoroughly in a dishwasher or by hand to kill any bacteria that may remain.

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Reply:Not necessarily, there are several things to check for when asking this question.

1. are you feeding the new est. plan the right fertilizer

2. Is the soil pH. level too high or low.

3.Is the plant receiving the right amount of water, and sun.

4. Is the water able to drain, standing water Will rot the root

5.Make sure there is enough room for the roots in the pot.

If this help let me know
Reply:when they out grow the pot they will die or stop

Reply:your plant first needs to develop a root system in order for it to grow it should grow in a smaller pot in order for it to develop a healthy root system when a plant becomes root bound it should be changed to a new pot no more than then two inches bigger than than the previous pot and remember marigolds are an annual plant what you need to do is take off the dead blooms store in a cool dry place and plant again next spring in order to place your plants on the fire escape as i am also from the city i know about growing from a fire escape you must wait for the right temp as the cold will kill seedlings I'm sorry in order for you to know if your plant is root bound the roots will start to show at the holes on the bottom
Reply:Well sometimes it depends on it because if the roots don't have enough space it wont be able to grow very large. So if you put it in a larger pot, it will more than likely grow bigger. And I'm pretty sure id say about 97% positive that you can grow a sunflower in a small pot. Hope this helps.
Reply:Yes it does make a difference in the size of your plants. Plants will get pot bound. Which means the roots will grow in and around the pot keeping the plant from growing taller.

The sunflower will grow in a small pot if you buy a dwarf size sunflower. Good luck.

How do I keep a potted marigold alive?

My son gave me a potted marigold for Mother's Day which (a) was jumbled a bit on the school bus and (b) is suffering from my lack of "green thumb". What should I do to take care of it? What kind of sun does it need? How much? How much water?

How do I keep a potted marigold alive?
Marigolds are pretty hardy. I would give it some plant food and maybe change the pot so it is bigger. I kept mine in direct sunlight and they did fine especially with the food and lots of water. They need more than most, just make sure it is in the sun so it can process it. What a sweet thing for your son to do. Mine, assumably a lot older than yours, gave me tickets to Chippendale's show tonight. Yes, I'm single. Good luck!!