Sparky French Marigold

Sparky French Marigold from Bountiful Gardens

Details Tagetes patula Open-Pollinated Type: french marigold Color: reds, oranges & yellows Germination: 5-7 days Maturity: 60 days Size: 6-12″ Taste:  flower is edible, but haven’t tasted it; probably a little bitter Disease Resistance or Environmental Tolerance: ? Notes: Sources: Bountiful Gardens

Lemon Gem Signet Marigold

Lemon Gem Marigold from Bountiful Gardens

Details Tagetes tenuifolia or signata Open-Pollinated Type: signet Shape: flowers are tiny; leaves are lacy Color: yellow flowers, green leaves Germination: 4-7 days Maturity: 60 days Size: dwarf – 6-24″ Yield: many flowers, long-blooming Taste: leaves: citrus-scented leaves are flavorful salad greens flowers: floral with hints of citrus and spice, slightly bitter (remove the base […]

How to Grow Marigolds

Easy-to-grow marigolds attract pollinators and other beneficial insects, and perhaps thwart some pests, while adding bright spots of color to your vegetable garden. Shouldn’t be planted near any legumes. Botanical Information Taxonomy Family: Sunflower Family, Asteraceae Genus: Tagetes Species:  T. erecta (African marigold) T. patula (French marigold) History Native to North and South America, but have become naturalized […]

Aster Wilt (stub)

Quick Intro Physical Description   Species & Taxonomy Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus Species: Fusarium oxysporum f. sp.  callistephi Plants Affected  Aster family plants: aster daisy sunflower lettuce artichokes marigold chrysanthemums dahlias zinnias echinacea yarrow Plants Unaffected   Geographical Range   Signs & Symptoms Whole Plant rapid wilting of the plant, often followed by death stem […]

Seed Collecting

This weekend I tried seed saving for the first time. I collected seeds for:  cosmos marigolds South African Daisies Giant chives coreopsis Lavender Bergamot blanket flower echinacea bachelor buttons it’s quite a trick to recognize the seed in all of the debris of an old flower. Some of the plants aren’t ready yet…like my Maximilian sunflowers. I wasn’t […]