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Mounds of lacy foliage and a mix of bright paprika, pumpkin orange, and lemon yellow-color blossoms lend Signet marigold a delicate, refined appearance that is quite unlike its relative, the African marigold. Just as easy-to-grow from seed and as long-flowering as the more common large marigold, Signet marigold is a vintage plant that is regaining popularity. Add this little wonder to containers and garden planting beds for months of easy-care color.
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garden plans for Signet marigold
There are hundreds of landscape uses for this petite plant. Edge a narrow walkway with the bright blossoms of Signet marigold. Add several plants to a window box for ever-present color right outside your window. Pair Signet marigold with African and French marigolds for a show of color from early summer until the first frost. Add a group of nectar-rich signets to landscape bed to attract butterflies and then sit back and watch the show.
Signet Marigold Care Must-Knows
Signet marigolds grow best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. They will tolerate periods of drought after they establish a strong root system. Start plants from seed or from transplants. Seeds can be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost. Plant seeds 1 inch apart in a container of well-drained seed starting mix. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep, and keep the soil moist until you are ready to transplant them outside.
Or, you can sow seed directly into well-worked garden soil once all danger of frost is past. Space seeds 2 to 3 inches apart and plant them ¼ inch deep. Marigold seeds germinate quickly, so expect to see fine, grasslike foliage pop out of the ground about 7 days after planting.
Water plants regularly for the best blossom. Fertilizing can improve flowering, but it is not necessary. If you decide to fertilize, use an all-purpose fertilizer every couple of weeks, following package application directions carefully. If plants become tall, lanky, and bedraggled looking, cut them back by half their height, and they will send forth new foliage and blossoms.