THREE FEET TALL WITH HUGE BLOOMS
A flash of bright yellowish-orange is enough to make anyone sit up and take notice, particularly when the plants grow as high as three feet in height and the flowers each grow to as large as 5″ in diameter. The flowers are so large that the stems are extremely thick to support the blooms, making the African marigold cracker jack an ideal cut flower. One of the most interesting aspects of this flower is the scent produced by the blooms. Not only are the flowers pleasantly fragrant, they also emit a smell that naturally keeps many common pests away from the garden.
Plant African marigold cracker jack seeds after the spring’s last frost by sowing them at 1/8 inch. The seedlings should be thinned to allow 12″ between each plant. Plant the seeds in full sunlight and water the seeds and new plants regularly. Then, sit back and watch the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that are attracted to these enormous flowers. The seeds are packaged and germination tested for the current year.
Blooms June through September
Grows to a height of 2 to 3 inches
Plant seeds at a depth of 1/8 inch
Germination is in about 8 days to 14 days