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Growing Together, Issue #100
April 27, 2015

Marigold - Member Of Daisy Plant Family

Welcome to the April addition of gardening with Herbee's Growing Together newsletter. Herbee and I would like to welcome our new members, as well as saying, "Hi" to all of you returning this month. We hope you have had a great month, and are busy planning or working on your gardens and landscape. This month, Herbee and I would like to share just a couple of insights on a very popular flower, the, Marigold.

marigold flowers

Marigold plants are part of the daisy family. How many of you have planted these pretty colored flowers, and enjoyed them throughout the growing season. We would like to talk about a few different popular varieties. The Cape, or African daisy are not considered true marigolds. They have very similar markings. The cape and African plants grow in sandy soil, and can take dry conditions. They do best in cooler climates, as they can become leggy in hot and humid areas. The cape and African creates a nice look around rock gardens or rock walls. They also make a great cut flower. The colors are pink, rose and white. The cape and African also may have white or violet centers. Nice specimen to arrange in a defined flower bed.

The French and American marigolds are two of the most common plants of this family. The American marigold mature to around 36 inches tall.The flowers are big and full, and colors range from yellow, gold, and orange. The French marigold are fatter, but with a smaller flower. The are also a smaller plant, growing approximately 12 inches tall.

These two varieties like full sun, and well drained soil. You can plant seeds or plugs after the last danger of springtime frost. You can also plant them in containers. Great patio, deck or balcony plant. You can purchase different varieties, some of which have single or double bloom. A few double French marigolds are Aurora and Early Spice. Single flowers are Disco and Espana. American varieties are Inca, Voyager, and Discovery. Herbee and I have planted the voyager and discovery, beautiful specimens.

The Pot or Field marigold provides you white, gold, yellow, and orange. This variety can mature up to 12 to 18 inches tall. Most marigolds are considered annuals, but the pot or field plants can be seen all winter in zones 8-10 here in the United States. You can start the seeds indoors, ground, or plant plugs. These flowers can be single, semi-double, or double bloom. You can plant seeds in mid summer, July, and have fall blooms. One of the problems you can have is in damp weather, mildew may become an issue. The Bon Bon is one of the most popular varieties. They have individual shades of orange and yellow. They also have tones of apricot and a mild yellow. Great variety in containers, defined beds, and along borders. All the different Marigolds provide you with excellent colors. One tip, pluck off the dead flowers, and you will have new ones emerging all season long.

Tip For The Month

Many of you are getting into the warmer months, with blooms arriving and leaves filling up the empty branches of winter that has past. Make sure you are aware of the different planting times for shrubs, flowers, vegetable and herbs. The air temperature and your last frost date is important for the health of your gardens. One critical aspect also is the ground temperature. The ground temperature needs to be warm enough for the seeds to germinate, or plugs to take root. Plan now for a successful growing season.

Remember, if you live in a year around warm climate, always maintain your gardens with proper watering, and keep up the removal of weeds and pest.

Thought For The Month

Sometimes it is nice to think about other geographic locations. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, have you ever wondered what plants and gardens look like in the southern hemisphere? For those of you in the southern hemisphere, the question is the same? It amazes Herbee and I as we learn each day about new plant varieties, hybrids, and trials going on. Now is a great time to learn about different areas of the world and what plants grow in each location. Take the time to gain a little knowledge about other people and what they plant in gardens and how they do their landscape. Do also, take the extra time to view the beauty that surrounds your own location. Natural beauty is one of the greatest gifts we all have. We hope you have a great May, and look forward to being with you again at the end of next month. Stay healthy and safe, and enjoy the flowers, trees, and shrubs!

Herbee and Kimberly
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