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Marigolds or blackgrass are one of the most unpretentious garden flowers. Seeds of them are distinguished by good germination, the bushes are absolutely not exacting in care, but they will be pleasing for a long time with elegant flowering. In addition, the characteristic aroma of inflorescences and leaves will scare away from the site of small pests, which makes flowers a useful find for truck farmers.
The most common method of reproduction of marigolds is seed. Most often, the seeds are sown immediately in the open ground and at the end of the summer the lush bushes become covered with yellow or brown inflorescences, which produce a persistent and rich pleasant smell.
Seedling method allows you to approximate the time of flowering for a month, and also to avoid such a procedure, as the thinning of shoots on the bed, as usually the seeds are sown "in reserve in case they do not all.
When to plant marigolds on seedlings? The seeding time depends on two factors:
- local climate;
- expected flowering period.
Climatic features of growing seedlings
When planning the planting of seedlings, we should pay attention to the fact that the marigold seedlings are planted on the bed not earlier than the soil warms up well. On the street should be established warm weather with stable plus values, including at night - from recurrent frosts seedlings are at risk of dying.
In each region, spring comes in due time. If you can plant seedlings on the bed in May in the southern strip, then in the northern regions the bushes will be able to "move" to the street only at the end of June. Proceeding from this, the terms of sowing of seeds are determined, which range from the end of February to the month of April.
Influence of flowering time on sowing time
On average, marigolds need about two months to grow from a small seed full bush and tied buds. It is necessary to start from when you need to get flowering, namely:
- for southern regions, where the black-blossoms can blossom on the flower bed in April-May, you can sow seeds for seedlings in the last decade of February - in the first ten days of March;
- For summer flowering, planting seedlings is better in April.
If the seedlings are grown early, in the winter months, the seedlings should be brought to light, otherwise they will stretch, which will have a negative effect on flowering.
Seedling method - the most optimal option to get a bloom of marigolds in the right time, in addition, the seedlings perfectly tolerate the transplant.