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Marigolds: Tagetes erecta 'Lunacy™ Orange'

Botanical name: Tagetes erecta 'Lunacy™ Orange'

Common name: African marigold

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Goldsmith Seeds

Gilroy, CA

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Soil: damp, neutral, clay
Zones: 9a thru 11a

fall interest, butterfly attracting, hummingbird attracting, edible, drought tolerant

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Tagetes erecta 'Lunacy™ Orange' produces fragrant orange blooms on a mounded plant. Flowers colorful, and delicious in salads. The 'Lunacy' series bears large, semi-double/crested chyrsanthemum-like flowers that are unique in Tagetes erecta. Genetically compact & branching plants. Excellent pack/pot & garden performance. Very free flowering. Culture : Sow at 20-22°C in pack in week 5/6 or in garden in week 8/9 on medium-moist medium. Seed may be covered lightly with evenly kept moist vermiculite. Grow on days at 18- 23°C and nights at 13-18°C. Transplant from to packs or 9-10 cm pots when 2 - 3 sets of true leaves appear, before becoming root bound. If sown when days are longer than 12.5 to 13 hours, artificial short days should be provided for the first 2 to 3 weeks after germination. Fertilize with 150 to 200 ppm constant liquid feed. Keep pH at 5.8-6.2. Plant out 25 cm x 25 in sunny spot when no more frost is expected. Tender. [Source:] Plant in full sun and water during periods of drought. USDA Zones 9 - 11. Marigolds are tender tropical plants and are killed by frost. Grown widely as garden annuals. --edited by dtd siegelgirl


Despite its common name, the African marigold is native to Mexico and Central America. Marigolds were brought from the new world to Europe in the 16th century and have been widely hybridized since.

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