Seed To Bloom:
Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds thinly and keep at 65-75°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Marigold Strawberry Blonde is a color-changing flower for low borders, edging and containers. A cottage garden inhabitant, It is especially beneficial in the veggie garden, where they will naturally repel insect pests and harmful nematodes in the soil, while attracting beneficials. Pinch back when seedlings reach about 6" tall to encourage branching. Deadhead regularly.
About 1" per week, though it will tolerate some drought once established.
Prefers slightly acidic to neutral.
Mix in about an inch or two of compost or some organic granular fertilizer when transplanting. Flowers well with little added fertilizer, too much and foliage will be lush and flowers less abundant.
Diseases & Pests:
Be sure to space properly to increase air circulation and avoid fungal issues such as leaf spot. Japanese beetles can be hand-picked into a bowl of soapy water. If insects such as spider mites, aphids, thrips, or whiteflies are an issue, treat with an insecticidal soap.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Fully opened flowers