If you want a large, majestic marigold, Crackerjack is a superior blend with a mounding form, consistent height, and sturdy flower stalks. The 4″ blooms in tangerine orange, rich gold, and lemony yellow will brighten up your flower bed, path edges, and large container plantings. They make radiant, long-lasting cut flowers and are so easy to grow from seed. African Marigold petals are edible with a slightly bitter, citrusy/spice flavor. They make a pretty garnish on rice, salads, or desserts. For a dazzling contrast, plant next to blue or dark purple flowers. Be prepared for butterflies to visit!
Botanical Name: Tagetes erecta
Native: Mexico and South America
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall
Variety Information: 4″ blooms in tangerine orange, rich gold, and lemony yellow.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Blooms summer to frost, although may take a break in extreme heat.
Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Good for Containers, Rabbit Resistant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–80°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5–14 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18″
Thinning: When 1″ tall thin to 1 every 18″
Harvesting: For the longest vase-life, harvest in the morning, choosing flowers that are half-open. Change vase water frequently.