Marigold Seeds - Pinwheel


Tagetes patula

This cheerful French heirloom dates to the 17th century, and we can see why it is still a favorite! The plants grow up to three feet tall and are loaded with eye-catching yellow and red striped blossoms.

Sow indoors 4 to 6 weeks before your last frost date and transplant out in a location with full sun after all danger of frost has passed. Blooms will appear in about 80 days, and continue until frost if you consistently deadhead.

SMALL FARM GROWN by Butterfly Cove Botanicals, Bryson City, NC

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Avg. Seeds/PacketPacket WeightPlanting MethodPlanting Season
2000.5 gtransplantafter last frost
Seed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSoil Temp RangeDays to Sprout
Mature SpacingSun RequirementFrost ToleranceDays to Harvest
18"full sunfrost-sensitive80

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.