How to Save Marigold Seeds will give you step-by-step instructions on how to grow your own marigolds year after year without buying new plants. They are one of the easiest flowers to grow.
Fun Facts About Marigolds
Heirloom varieties of marigold blooms will produce exact replicas of their parents. Hybrid marigold plants will grow flowers that vary from the parent plants.
Marigolds are edible flowers that look beautiful in salads and on cakes.
The Aztecs believed that marigolds had medicinal powers besides being beautiful flowers.
Plant these beautiful blooms in your vegetable garden as an excellent companion plant to help with garden pests. They also attract beneficial insects. Homesteaders like to plant marigolds around the perimeter of their vegetable gardens.
Marigolds are annual flowers, but when you save the seeds and plant them in your garden beds, you don’t have to repurchase more plants.
For more fun facts about marigolds, check out this article from justfunfacts.com.
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How to Harvest Marigold Seeds
Wait until after the first frost to cut off your dead marigold seed heads at the base of each flower with clean shears. October is usually the best time to save your seeds at the end of the season.
How to Dry Marigold Seeds
The best way to dry marigolds is to place them on a paper plate with edged sides and let them dry for at least a week. Keep in mind that moisture is the enemy of seed keepers, so you want to make sure your seeds are throughly dry. The edges on the paper plates is an easy way to keep your seeds in place. You could also another flat surface like a paper towel or brown paper bag to place your seeds on.
Keep the plates of dried marigold heads in a dry place in your home.
How to Harvest Marigold Seeds
After the week is up, place the hulls between your fingers and rub them between your fingers to release the marigold seeds. The seed pods should remove the seeds easily.
What Does a Marigold Seed Look Like?
How to Save Marigold Seeds for Next Year
Save your marigold seeds in a glass jar, paper envelope, seed packet, or a brown paper lunch bag. Add a label to either the glass jar or envelope with the type of seed pod and the date. Place seeds in a dark place like a cool basement.
Giving your family and friends your homemade seed packets as gifts is a wonderful way to spread the beauty of flowers. Create a gift basket with gloves, a gardening book, gardening gloves, and a packet of marigold seeds. They will remember you as the person that encouraged them to grow marigolds and will love you for it!
How to Plant Marigold Seeds
You can start your marigold seeds indoors in starter pots before the first frost. If you prefer to plant your flower seeds in the garden, wait until after the last frost date.
Marigold seeds are best planted at least one inch apart and place seeds no more than one inch deep in the soil. Plant your seeds where they will receive direct sunlight. You’ll soon have a whole new generation of marigolds to greet your visitors next season.
What You Don’t Know About Marigolds – A Garden Superstar!
Saving marigold seeds is a simple and rewarding process, whether your working with African marigolds (Tagetes erecta), Signet marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia), or Pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis). For African marigolds, the large seed heads will form on tall stems, while Signet marigolds produce smaller seed heads.
By saving marigold seeds, you can ensure a bountiful harvest year after year, while also saving money and preserving the unique characteristic of each variety.
We’ve reached the end of How to Save Marigold Seeds for next year. I hope you enjoyed it!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite type of marigold plant is and how you use the flowers. Once you start to grow marigold flowers, you won’t be able to stop.
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