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Old 05-22-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Hi all,

This is my first time planting marigolds. I bought a bunch of the 8 packs from Home Depot -- plants are about 1-2 inches, I believe they are the French variety of marigold. Basically, I am curious to know, will these marigold plants grow bigger and, in particular, bushier (horizontal spread). I think the recommendation on these is to plant them 5-6inches apart, but that can leave things looking a bit sparse, so I am curious if these plants will expand.

Any input/experience is appreciated!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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They might double in size from what they are now.

French marigolds are pretty tiny little plants. Not a lot of wow there. Ok for containers, not good for much else. They're just too small.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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I'd put them about 6-8 inches apart. I know that sounds like a lot, but trust me.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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They'll get a little bit bigger and the leaves will grow a little bit to the sides but probably the reason they don't want them any closer together is so that they can have enough room for their roots and they can get enough to "eat." You could try them in a zig zag pattern for more interest and you might get away with putting them a little bit closer together that way.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:47 AM
 
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They'll get a little bit bigger and the leaves will grow a little bit to the sides but probably the reason they don't want them any closer together is so that they can have enough room for their roots and they can get enough to "eat." You could try them in a zig zag pattern for more interest and you might get away with putting them a little bit closer together that way.
Staggering plants in a zigzag pattern is always prettier and more interesting anyway. Rows can look boring, especially with trees. But the same applies to annuals and perennials, IMO.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:05 PM
 
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I randomly threw a Marigold seed packet last spring in a flowerbed and they came up huge. Fast forward to this spring, I started getting little seedlings all over and the interesting thing is, is the seed packet said they were annuals. It was a nice surprise.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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I randomly threw a Marigold seed packet last spring in a flowerbed and they came up huge. Fast forward to this spring, I started getting little seedlings all over and the interesting thing is, is the seed packet said they were annuals. It was a nice surprise.
Marigolds are annuals, but they probably self-sowed. If you let the flowers go to seed they just drop to the ground and wait for next year when the conditions are right. Count yourself lucky!
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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I randomly threw a Marigold seed packet last spring in a flowerbed and they came up huge. Fast forward to this spring, I started getting little seedlings all over and the interesting thing is, is the seed packet said they were annuals. It was a nice surprise.
Many annuals self sow and produce babies the following year. That's why I rarely buy annuals anymore.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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Marigolds are annuals, but they probably self-sowed. If you let the flowers go to seed they just drop to the ground and wait for next year when the conditions are right. Count yourself lucky!
I've had petunias and violets coming up year after year in my larger containers.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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I've had petunias and violets coming up year after year in my larger containers.
Portulacas, snapdragons, annual vincas, blue coneflower, love-in-a-mist, even zinnias. I have hundreds of thousands of datura seedlings I need to get rid of this weekend. Any one plant will be 3-ft tall and wide. Seriously, maybe even a million. One seed pod contains a gazillion seeds and I didn't deadhead them last year.
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