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Marigold seeds - Crackerjack : Tall fern-like leaves produce cheery yellow flowers.

Marigold - Crackerjack

Tagetes erecta

Tall fern-like leaves produce cheery yellow heavily ruffled flowers. 2-3' plants with 4" diameter blooms. Summer to fall blooming. Pungent aroma repels harmful insects. Direct seed or transplant after danger of frost has passed. Full sun. Annual.>

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
8500 n/a n/a 75-90
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 70-80°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed 1/4" 3-6" 140
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
12-18" 5-10 Annual 2-3 years

Site Selection

Marigolds are frost sensitive annuals that prefer full sun and tolerate a wide variety of soils, including nutrient poor soils.


Direct sow outdoors in spring once the danger of frost has passed. Seed can also be started indoors 4-5 weeks before the last frost and transplanted outdoors after the last frost date. Sow seeds 1/2" deep and 3-4" apart. Seeds will sprout in 15-20 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 18-24" apart.