Growing Cape Marigold From Seed
Cape marigold, also known as African daisy, is a pretty annual that can
be grown in most zones in the U.S. Where you live and what your climate is like
will determine whether you grow it as a summer or winter annual. Planting cape
marigold seeds is an inexpensive way to get started with this pretty flower.
Growing Cape Marigold from Seed
Cape marigold is a pretty, daisy-like annual flower that is
native to South Africa. It thrives in warm but not too hot temperatures.
In hotter zones, in areas like southern California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida,
you can grow this flower from seed starting in early fall for blooms in the
winter. In colder regions, start seeds in late winter or early spring, outdoors
after the last frost or indoors earlier.
Whether you start indoors or out, be sure you have the right
conditions for the final location. Cape marigold likes full sun and soil that
drains well and leans toward dry. These flowers tolerate drought well. In
overly-moist conditions or wet soil, the plants get limp.
How to Sow Cape Marigold Seeds
If sowing directly outdoors, prepare the soil first by
turning it and removing any other plants or debris. Sow by scattering the seeds
over the turned soil. Lightly press them down, but do not let the seeds get
buried. Use the same technique indoors with seed trays.
Cape marigold seed germination takes about ten days to two
weeks, so plan to be ready to transplant indoor seedlings six to seven weeks
Let your indoor seedlings grow to about 4 to 6 inches (10 to
15 cm.) tall before transplanting. You can also thin seedlings outdoors, but
you can also let them grow naturally. Once they are this tall, they should be
fine without regular watering unless you have especially dry conditions.
If you let your cape marigold reseed, you will get vibrant
and more extensive coverage in the next growing season. To promote reseeding,
let the soil dry out after your plants have finished flowering. African daisy
makes a great groundcover, so let it spread to fill out an area with colorful
flowers and greenery.