Garland Orange Marigold Seeds
Blooms continuously all summer!
Marigolds are used extensively in Hindu ceremonies and observations, and this variety was bred just for that purpose, with flexible, super-strong stems that can be braided and tied into garlands and other decorations. The flowers are absolutely immense -- 3½ to 4½ inches wide -- and packed with deep orange petals in symmetrical layers forming a pompon, vibrant and eye-catching even from a distance. Garland Orange is a flower that demands notice, and gets it every time!
The height of your Garland Orange plant will be determined by the climate in which you live. The plants are day-length sensitive, so they will be taller in the south and west than in the north. Here in South Carolina (hardiness zone 7b/8a), they reach 3 to 3½ feet tall, creating a stunning wall of color. We have heard of Garland Oranges farther south reaching 5 feet tall, but in short-day climates they might be more likely to top out at 2 to 2½ feet. Whatever the height, the flowers will be borne on long, flexible stems.
The other terrific merit of this Marigold is its determination to bloom all season long. As fast as you can cut the flowers, new buds appear. This plant was bred for cutting, so it is a powerful workhorse. If you're used to small bedding Marigolds, you're in for a delightful treat!
And you don't have to worry about wind damaging the stems of the blooms. Garland Orange was bred for wind tolerance, and the flexibility of the stems serves them well. Despite its appearance, this is no hot-house delicacy -- Garland Orange is just as adaptable to varying soils and easy to grow as other Marigolds!
Marigolds are one of the easiest seeds to direct-sow in the warm spring garden, but if you want to get a jump on the season, you can start them indoors instead -- they don't mind being transplanted. Four to 6 weeks before the last anticipated frost in your area, drop the seeds into the holes in your Bio Dome (or lightly cover them with soil if you're using seed flats) and keep the temperature between 70 and 75 degrees F. They'll sprout within a week, and will grow on at any temperature between 50 and 65 degrees F. Transplant them when outdoor temperatures reach 60 degrees F, spacing the plants about 2 feet apart (again, your climate will determine the exact plant size, so experiment a little the first year). All they need is full sunshine and well-drained soil -- for heaviest flowering, go easy on the fertilizer.
Garland Orange is a Marigold every gardener deserves to grow. Have fun with this new twist on an old favorite! Pkt is 25 seeds.
|Item Form||(P) Pkt of 25 seeds|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|Seeds Per Pack||25|
|Plant Height||3 ft - 3 ft 6 in|
|Plant Width||24 in|
|Bloom Size||3.5 in - 4.5 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Direct Sow, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Free Bloomer, Needs Deadheading|
|Bloom Color||Dark Orange|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
Tagetes Germination Information
How to Sow Tagetes:
- Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost at a temperature of 70-75°
- Expect germination in 5-7 days
- Start the African Marigolds indoors 2-3 weeks earlier than the French as they take longer to initiate flowering
- Alternatively, sow seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has past
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Tagetes:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves
Spacing: Space 6-18 inches apart in full sun
Soil: Site in a neutral to slightly alkaline, average, well-drained soil
Additional Care: Pinch to promote compactness and deadhead to prolong flowering. Taller types may need staking. Very tolerant of exposure, heat, and humidity, but will need supplemental watering during droughts
Appearance and Use:
Vigorous and floriferous summer-flowering plants to be used as filler in borders and containers, as bedding and edging, and for cut flowers. The green foliage is smooth textured, deeply cut in a fern-like manner, and pungent. Tagetes erecta, African Marigold, grows 3 feet tall with 2-5 inch, carnation-like, double-petaled, yellow-orange flower heads. Tagetes patula, French Marigold, is lower growing from 6-24 inches tall with 11/2-2 inch, single- or double-petaled flowers that are yellow or orange and often marked with red. Tagetes filifolia, Irish Lace, grows 6-12 inches tall with tiny, white flowers and foliage that is even more finely cut than the above two species
Origination: Asteraceae, native to the Americas and Africas
Common Name: Marigold
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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.
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Hand Packed By Experienced TechniciansPark Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.
When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.
The Park Seed Gold StandardAnd many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier. When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.
What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.
Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).
Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.
What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.
What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.
How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.
How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.