The color and beauty of a flower garden can lift the spirit and renew the soul, and a bouquet of fresh cut flowers will bring sunshine into your home. Over the years we have conducted extensive flower trials, concentrating on varieties that are easy to grow-many from direct-sowing- have superior color and fragrance, and make a good cut flower. Take a bit of time, relax and enjoy a cup of steaming hot chocolate, and look over our selections. We think you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
• As a general rule, flowers can be sown when soil has warmed to at least 55°F
• Apply 1-2 cups of TSC’s Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• If you prefer to soak your seeds: soak in 85°F water for 1-3 hours and plant immediately — longer soaking times are often detrimental; seeds need air to live
Given at the end of each description to give you specific information.
(1) Germination occurs between 70-85°F and within 6-15 days. Sow indoors and cover lightly.
(2) Needs a period of pre-chilling. Mix seeds with moistened peat moss and place in plastic bag. Seal and place bag in an area where the temperature is around 60°F for 2-3 days. Then place in the refrigerator for 30-90 days. After pre-chilling, place seed on sterile seedling mix and cover lightly. Germination may take up to 30 days.
(3) Needs darkness to germinate. Remove cover as soon as germination occurs.
(4) Direct sow in the garden as soon as the soil warms to at least 55°F.
(5) Germination may be slow and erratic. A fluctuating temperature of 75°F during the day and 50°F at night may help.
(6) Needs at least 12 hours of light per day to germinate. Press into the medium but do not cover. Keep moist.
Note: For those varieties that indicate a (1) or (6), a very light covering of vermiculite will allow adequate light to the seed and keep it uniformly moist.
56 – 63 days. Bonanza Series marigold seeds are brilliant, easy to grow, and renowned for their hardiness and ability to thrive where other novelty plants can not. Bonanza Series marigold is an AAS Bedding Plant Winner for its “unique design” and “season-long flower color.” Bonanza Series seeds mature to a compact 8 – 12” shrub with lush 2″ blooms tidy enough for indoor gardening, yet robust enough to flourish outside in the long summer heat. Bonanza Series marigold seeds grow the perfect trimming to any flower bed or as a fresh cut compliment to your next summertime bouquet.
Growing Bonanza Series Marigold Garden Seeds
Bonanza Series marigold is a hardy full sun performer and most commonly sown directly after the frost but, for earliest blooms, begin seeds 6 – 8 weeks indoors prior to the frost. Marigolds will take 7 – 21 days to germinate in full lighting. Plant 2 – 3 Bonanza Series marigold seeds ¼” deep and 6” apart in average, evenly moist, and well-drained soil in full sun. Bonanza Series marigold is a vigorous full sun performer native to Mexico and known to tolerate gardens prone to heat, drought, and clay soils. Plants must be properly drained and ventilated are may be susceptible to powdery mildew, root rot, leaf spots, and Botrytis. Marigold has no serious pests but monitor regularly for spider mites and thrips. Bonanza Series marigold seeds mature in 56 – 63 days as dwarfed 8 – 12” tall shrubby uprights with a 12 – 24” spread of large 2” blooms.
Tagetes patula, or more commonly known as French Marigold, is one of the most awarded, recognized, and cultivated flowers in the entire world. Tagetes patula is native to Mexico and Guatemala despite having the misleading name of French marigold. Marigold has been used for thousands of years by pre-Spanish civilizations in medicine, food, dyes, and ritual.