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Asteraceae:  Tagetes erecta (African marigold), T. patula (French marigold)
Royal Yellow, 2009
Royal Yellow, 2009
Jamie (T. patula)
2016
April 24: I started 24 coated seeds from T&T.
 

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Royal (T. erecta)
Royal (T. erecta)
2014
March 13: No information yet.
May 4: I scattered seeds in 8 cells.
11: No sprouts yet.
14: No sprouts yet so I put many seeds in vermiculite.
June 19: Never a sprout.
 
2013
May 8: I sowed 6 cells with 6 seeds.
12: First sprout.
June 22: I set out 5 plants.
September 23: They are flowering beautifully now.
 
2012
May 8: I sowed 6 cells with about 10 seeds.
 
2009
March 10: Royal Yellows are short day flowering, and I hope to limit their daylight hours and get early blooms.
May 3: I got 25 seeds from Stokes, and today I started 14 cells with one seed per cell. The seeds are on soil mix and covered with vermiculite or soil mixed with vermiculite.
7: Sprouts.
24: I set out 4 plants. I am still hardening off the others.
30: I set out a few more.
June 6: Frost last night killed all but one of the set-out plants.
July 4: I replaced the dead plants and now all are coming along fine.
August 3: Doing fine but no flowers yet.
September 20: The plants have been covered with large flowers for some weeks now.
 
Inca (T. erecta)
2012
May 8: I sowed my last 3 seeds in cells.
 
2011
May 7: I started 9 cells using 12 coated seeds of Inca Mixed.
16: All seeds sprouted.
29: I set 9 plants out.
 
Inca marigold, 2010
Inca, 2010
2010
March 13: I bought a package of Inca Yellow and 2 packages of Inca Mixed colours from T&T seeds. I wonder if these are the original Incas, or the improved Inca IIs.
May 4: I started about 48 cells, with 1 seed per cell. The seeds are coated.
8: Great germination! A sprout in almost every cell.
June 15: I set a few out last week and the rest of them along the fence out today.
17: I set out the few extras in the main garden.
 
Yellow Treasure (T. patula)
Yellow Treasure marigold, 2008
Yellow Treasure, 2008
2008
April 12: I wanted seeds of Jubilee, but could not find them, so I have settled for seeds of Yellow Treasure, bought at Schriemer's for $1.69.
14: I started 15 cells, using about 45 seeds. I put the 9-cell pak into the warming box with the zinnia seeds.
17: 1 sprout outside the box, many inside. I removed the pak from the warming box.
May 15: I planted 6.
24: 6 more.
October 8: Flowering well enough, but many of the blossoms are simple or degenerate, and they are not as numerous as in modern hybrid varieties.
 
Disco Red (T. patula)
2007
May 16: I got a free packet from T&T and sprinkled the seeds in the garden today. According to the packet Single flowered Discos were developed for earliness and excellent performance! Excellent rain tolerance with good size 5 cm blooms on 25 cm plants.
30: Sprouts today.
June 15: I transplanted the seedlings within their bed.
December 31: I think they grew, and put on a very ordinary display.
 
Bonanza Yellow (T. patula)
2006
April 10: I started some seeds in a tub, 27 from last year and 12 from 2004.
14: 12 sprouts.
16: I transferred them to cells. I also started 2 more tubs. In one I put 20 seeds from 2004 and in the other 20 seeds from 2005.
May 24: I set out about 15 plants.
May 28: I replaced one, and suspect a cutworm.
~May 31: I replaced 2 more, and found the cutworm.
June 3: 3 blooms are opening.
August 1: Doing ok. The first batch of blooms are all spent and no new ones are ready.
 
2005
April 20:  I put many seeds in a tub of vermiculite. Half were from 2004 and half from 2003.
23:  6 sprouts.
24:  Many sprouts.
25:  I transferred 18 into cells.
May 27:  I set out a row of them.
June 24:  I have added some here and there, particularly in the red tulip bed.
July 19:  Most plants in the first row have several blossoms. I deadheaded the first flower from the other plants and currently they have none.
October 4:  They have put on a nice display.
 
2004
April 3:  I started 18 cells with seeds collected last year. 7:  3 sprouts.
11:  8 sprouts so I put more seeds in vermiculite.
May 24:  I set 18 plants out.
July 31:  Flowering most gaily, with many blossoms.
 
yellow bonanza
Bonanza Yellow, 2003
2003
February 1:  I put 30 seeds from last summer in paper towel for a germination test.
3:  No clear sprouts.
April 16:  I started a large number of seeds in vermiculite.
19:  In the morning the vermiculite was bulging and by noon there were sprouts.
20:  10 sprouts, transferred to cells.
May 23:  I put 8 plants into the garden.
31:  First flower.
July 5:  Doing well.   The plants are about the same size as the Petite Yellows, but they have more and larger blossoms.
August 14:  Doing fine, with many flowers.
September 1:  The flowers have all faded but the plants are still green.
 
2002
June 13:  I bought 10 Bonanza Yellow plants from Revy and set them out.
14:  I bought 10 more.
September 7:  They have not done especially well this year.
 
Dwarf Petite Yellow (T. patula)
2003
 April 16:  I started a large number of seeds in vermiculite.
 19:  In the morning the vermiculite was bulging and by noon there were sprouts.
 20:  33 sprouts.
 May 23:  I put about 8 plants into the garden.
 28:  I put some among the parrot tulips.
 29:  I filled that bed with them.
 June 4:  Three small flowers today.
 July 5:  Doing nicely.
 August 14:  Doing fine, with many flowers.
 September 1:  The flowers have all faded but the plants are still green.
 
Marvel Yellow
2003
February 1:  I put 30 seeds from last summer in paper towel for a germination test.
3:  2 sprouts.  (Discarded.)
April 16:  I started a large number of seeds in vermiculite.
May 23:  No sprouts, no plants.
 
2002
June 8:  I bought 6 Marvel Yellow from Schriemer's, and set them out.
September 7:  They have not done especially well this year.
 
Bonanza Bolero (T. patula)
2003
April 16:  I started a large number of seeds in vermiculite.
May 23:  No sprouts, no plants.
 
2002
April 7: I put 12 seeds from 2000 in vermiculite and soil mix to see if they will germinate.
15: No sprouts, so I discarded them.
25: Try again, with the purchased seeds.
May 28:  Again there were no sprouts, so I discarded all my seeds.
 
2001
May 10: I planted 36 seeds into 2 9-paks. Some of the seeds are the ones I bought, and some are ones I grew last year.
May 19: No sprouts, so I put one 9-pak into the warming box. The seeds have been in the basement; perhaps it is too cold for them there.
May 22: Still no sprouts, so I replanted the 9-pak that is not in the warming box with seeds from the packet I bought last year.
June 18: No sprouts! Incredible for marigolds!
 
Bonanzo Bolero, 2000
Bonanzo Bolero, 2000

May 24: I bought a package of about 50 seeds from McKenzie Seeds at Safeway, $2.39.
26: I planted 3 short rows of seeds outside.
27: I planted 19 seeds in 18 cells.
30: 12 sprouts in the cells.
June 15: 15 sprouts in the cells, and 7 in the garden.
21: I set out the sprouts among the red tulips, which have mostly died down.
July 8: First flowers, from the plants started in the house.
14: First flower from those seeded outside.
August 13: I collected seeds today from spent blossoms. The seeds appear to be mature and separated from their bases, even though the blossoms have just barely finished.
24: There was a lot of dried slug slime, so I scattered anti-slug pellets among them.
25: Dozens of flies have been attracted to the dead slugs.
~September 22: Frost last night killed a few leaves.
October 4: More frost last night killed more leaves. I cleared them away.
 
Hybrid Jubilee Marigolds (T. erecta)
Tagetes erecta
Jubille Marigolds
1999
April 15: I sowed 9 cells of Stokes Jubilee Mixed, one seed per cell. I covered them with a sprinkle of soil then, as per instructions, 5 mm of vermiculite and put them into the warming box.
18: There are 5 sprouts. I planted another 9-pak of Jubilee seeds, 1 per cell. They are in the warming box.
20: There are four bulges in the vermiculite in the second pak. I planted my last Jubilee seed.
21: All 9 seeds in the second pak have sprouted.
22: The first pak is up to 7 sprouts now.
28: Now I have 16/19 Jubilee sprouts.
May 25 and 26: I set out 12 Jubilees (and 40 Crackerjacks).
June 23: First flowers. Plants flourishing.
August 3: Flowering nicely, with about 10 blossoms per plant.
31: About the same. More blossoms.
September 20: Killed by frost. A very good show this summer, far better than the Crackerjacks.
 
1998
May 2: 9 seeds planted, 1 per cell. Kept warm in the box.
June 1: 4 are outside, doing well, + 2 at Parkview. Cutworms previously got 2. I replaced them today.
 
Crackerjack Marigolds (T. erecta)
1999
April 18--20: I planted about 45 cells of Crackerjacks, 1--4 seeds per cell. They are in a covered plant tray on a table. That used up all my seeds.
22: There are 36 (out of about 60 seeds) sprouts in the first Crackerjack paks. There are a few sprouts in some of the other paks too.
28: Now I have 45 Crackerjacks sprouts. Crackerjack germination was excellent, about 95%.
May 25 and 26: I set out 40 Crackerjacks (and 12 Jubilees).
29: I replaced one plant. A cutworm?
July 2: First flower. Also one dead plant.
August 3: Flowering nicely, with about 3 blossoms per plant.
31: About the same. A few more blossoms.
September 20: Killed by frost. A poor show this summer, especially when compared to the Hybrid Jubilee plants.
 
1996
April 13: Seeds started.
May 4: Excellent germination and seedling growth.
~10: 3 set out.
30: 2 more set out. The ones out early have not grown.
July 9: First flower.
September 3: Beginning to have several blossoms at once. Tall marigolds around the city were or are late this year.
 
1995
~May 4: Started some seeds.
May 12: Started 18 more seeds, as there were only 5 seedlings from the previous sowing.
May 17: Thinned about 11 new seedlings down to 6.
May 24: Planted 6.
June 17: Only 3 still alive.
 
1993
August 5: Doing well.
August 18: Many flowers.
September 4: The tall marigolds are well in flower, although many of the blossoms have a degenerate structure.
 
Vanilla-Scented Marigolds (T. erecta)
1995
May 12: I planted 18 seeds from Thompson and Morgan.
23: 1 sprout.
21: 6 given to Joan.
26: Planted 6.
28: +6 more.
December 31: They were a nice colour, but not vanilla-scented.
 
Orange Marigolds
1994
April 13: Started some seeds, 6 cells with 2 seeds per cell.
April 17: No sprouts.
22: Discarded. Seed probably too old.
 
Sparky Marigolds
1994
April 11: Started seeds, 6 cells with 2 seeds per cell. The seeds came from an old packet of mixed seeds, probably from the Uptown theatre.
April 17: No sprouts.
22: Discarded.