Alumia Vanilla Cream Marigold Seeds

Alumia Vanilla Cream Marigold Seeds

A Brand-new Color!

(P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Item # 51453-PK-P1

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The culmination of a lifetime of superior breeding, Alumia is a French Marigold series from David Lemon, the premier breeder in the world today. Mr. Lemon put 50 years of experience to work in creating a large-flowered, strong-stemmed, utterly lovely anemone-flowered series of marigolds that will all reach the same height and bloom at the same time in garden or container. And Vanilla Cream is the showpiece of the series, sporting a never-before-seen hue of pale primrose-yellow in the central cluster of petals, surrounded by lighter cream petals. Spectacular!

There has never been a pure white marigold, and Vanilla Cream wisely does not try for that. Instead, it's a new look for the palest of yellows and the milkiest of creams. The anemone form gives these blooms a two-tone look, because the shorter petals in the center are clustered together, creating a darker effect than the surrounding wide-open petals. These flowers reach 2 to 2½ inches wide, and face straight up, giving you the maximum color show in garden and container.

And you can expect the Alumias to outlast many other marigolds in bloom strength, too. They were bred with stronger stems, so the flowers simply hold up longer. That means a better show with less deadheading for you!

This plant reaches 10 to 12 inches high and about 10 to 14 inches wide, with fresh dark green foliage held beneath the blooms. If you like its looks, consider growing our mix of the whole Alumia series too -- 6 luscious shades including Vanilla Cream and a bicolor orange-and-red called Flame! When you want to grow the very best, turn to Alumia!

Very easy to grow in the sunny garden, vegetable patch, and containers, Alumia makes a terrific choice for a child's first seed-starting experience, too. It is also an absolutely indispensable companion to tomatoes, for its roots contain a chemical that kills root-knot nematodes, one of the most destructive soil-borne tomato plant pests!

Sow direct in the garden when the soil has warmed, or start seeds indoors in late winter. (The seeds are large and irregular, but don't worry about setting them any certain way into the soil or your Bio Dome. They will make themselves at home and grow promptly no matter how they are placed!) The seeds germinate in 7 to 21 days, and the young seedlings grow quickly. Transplant, if necessary, anytime after they have 2 sets of true leaves. Be sure to grow in full direct sunshine for best flowering.

Review Summary
(Based on 4 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0


Very good flower
Marcus from KY wrote on May 01, 2017

Great germination rate, great bloomer, and LONG LASTING. The only disappointment was that my flowers were purely yellow, not the "palest of yellows" or "cream" that was advertised. It was a very nice flower, though. I'd give a 4.5 out of 5 if I could.

Not mounding
Old Gardener from CT wrote on September 30, 2016

Germination great, flowers nice size and color, bit plant does not "mound" like other small marigolds. My plants tended to sprawl outwards - perhaps our area drought lead to this.

Gardener Newbie from MA wrote on July 05, 2015

These are, by far, the happiest, healthiest, and prettiest flowers in my gardens. They were the first to bloom and they haven't slowed down! I deadhead regularly and water them, even though I've never seen them get wilty. The plants really filled out and have nice dark leaves to contrast with their yellow. I would call the color a warm lemon yellow. I am not a marigold lover, per say, just got them to offset my habit of only planting pink and yellow flowers, but these guys really stole the show. Next year I am going to try the alumia mix. (This was my first flower review ever!) Oh, also half of them are planted in full sun along a black asphalt driveway and the other half in full sun far from the driveway. All of them are performing equally.

Satisfied with these light yellow marigolds
Leesa from CA wrote on June 17, 2015

I grew these from seed this spring. They had a good germination rate. They are already blooming but the plants and blooms are far smaller than the description states. (They are about 5 inches tall and the flowers are 1 inch wide.) Perhaps they will become larger as they continue to grow and mature this season. However, they are pretty and I like the color.