This old fashioned ‘pot marigold' is a hardy annual producing bright orange, daisy-like flowers from May to the first frosts.
This long flowering beauty attracts butterflies, bees, hoverflies, lacewings and more, providing them with pollen and nectar right through to autumn.
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How to Guide
For earlier flowering, sturdier plants, sow in trays of moist seed compost from February to April in gentle warmth 10-15C (50-60F). Transplant 5cm (2in) apart into other trays of compost when seedlings are large enough to handle. Gradually accustom to cooler conditions before planting out from April onwards, allowing about 20cm (8in) between plants.
Rake soil to provide a firm, even surface. Sow seeds thinly in pre-watered soil, lightly covering them with a little more soil. Keep moist until seedlings appear and as required in dry spells.
Sowing Distance20cm / 8in
Potting on/Thining Out
When large enough to handle, thin seedlings to allow their development and to prevent overcrowding.