These are some of the most popular annual flowers on earth. The marigold group called “Crackerjack Mix” has decorated millions of gardens for decades. These are the big ones–bright ball-shaped flowers in yellow and orange or sturdy plants 2-3 ft. tall. The flowers are chrysanthemum-like with a mass of bright colored petals. And best of all, they keep blooming all summer long. Add these to your meadow, and the color will never stop.
SOWING AND GROWING: begin seeds 6–8 weeks indoors prior to tranplant date. Marigolds will take 7–14 days to germinate in full lighting. Plants may require early staking since blooming heads may grow to be too heavy and cause stress to the plant if not supported. Plant 2–3 Cracker Jack marigold seeds ¼” deep per cell and 12” apart in average, evenly moist, and well-drained soil in full sun. Cracker Jack marigold is a vigorous full sun performer native to Mexico and known to tolerate gardens prone to heat, drought, and clay soils.
Do not overwater since marigolds will perform poorly in oversaturated gardens which can lead to powdery mildew, root rot, leaf spots, and Botrytis. Marigold has no serious pests but monitor regularly for spider mites and thrips. Cracker Jack marigold seeds mature in 77–84 days as 24–36” tall bushy uprights with a 9–12” spread of enormous 3–5½” fully-double marigold blooms.