My Experiment

My Experiment

Marigold with a pretty face.

I have had a growing fondness for marigolds. I used to get a few marigold plants from a nursery each spring but never tried to grow them from seeds.

Then I discovered that the spent blooms were full of long, narrow seeds, and finally I began to attempt to grow them from seeds for myself. At first I wasn’t very successful but a couple of years ago, I started to have satisfying results. This spring I had pots and pots of beautiful, healthy marigolds. I was even able to get them to grow in garden areas. But though they were gorgeous and very ornamental, they were all the same variety, a solid, blazing orange.

In late summer I collected seed heads from five different varieties of marigolds and planted them in individual pots. One variety, a big, fluffy, yellow one, did not have viable seeds. Perhaps that was because the extreme heat and drought of summer had wizened the seeds. At first try, none of the seeds grew but a couple of weeks later I planted seeds again. This time a couple of plants grew. Last week. two of them bloomed and they are beautiful, a flashy yellow with red variegation running through them. I have them in my sun room now where they will brighten the fall days and perhaps last into winter.

I’m really pleased with the results of my summer marigold experiment.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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One Response to My Experiment

  1. Lorraine says:

    I never thought about using the seeds from the marigolds. I’m glad you experiment work. I’ll have to try it too!

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