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.