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Are Marigolds Perennials or Annuals? Plus, How to Plant Marigold Seeds

Understanding Marigold Types:Marigolds are primarily annual plants, meaning they complete their life cycle in one growing season. They thrive in sunny locations with well-drained soil.

Choosing the Right Variety:Select from various marigold types such as French marigolds (Tagetes patula), which are compact and bushy, or African marigolds (Tagetes erecta), known for their larger blooms.

Soil Preparation:Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil and adding organic matter like compost for improved drainage and nutrient content.

Planting Depth and Spacing:Sow marigold seeds about ¼ inch deep and space them 6-12 inches apart, depending on the variety. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Ideal Growing Conditions:Marigolds thrive in full sun, so choose a location that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. They are relatively low maintenance once established.

Watering and Fertilizing:Water marigolds deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal issues. Fertilize lightly with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.

Maintenance and Deadheading:Remove spent flowers (deadheading) regularly to encourage continuous blooming. This also prevents the plant from going to seed too quickly, prolonging the flowering season.

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