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Lemon Gem Marigold

A profusion of petite single flowers appear on top of the soft and lacey light green foliage. Unlike other types of marigolds, a lovely citrusy scent perfumes the air around them. Beneficial insects are attracted to them, and one of our favorite ways to grow these is to plant 5-7 seedlings in a circle creating a bushy shrub-like appearance. Flower petals are edible and are used to liven up salads and other dishes. Use in beds, borders, and containers. 

20 seeds



Tagetes tenuifolia


Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, space 8-15" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Starting a week or two before the last frost date into early summer. Sow a few seeds every 8-15", thin to the most robust seedlings, or sow seeds close together, 1 per inch, and when you thin the seedlings transplant them to other places in the garden. 

Growth Habit: Mounded

Height and Width: 12-16” x 10-12”

Spacing: 8-15" apart

Light Needs:  Full sun

Soil Needs:  Average, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-70 days

Uses: Flower beds, containers and planters

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Pinch back plants when they are young for a bushier growth habit. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Amend soil with compost before sowing or transplanting or apply liquid fertilizer a few times a season.

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    Lynne S.
    United States
    I recommend this product

    Lemon Gem Marigolds Are Aptly Named

    These are beautiful plants with dainty foliage and loads of petite flowers. Plants are easy to start from seed. The seeds are tiny, so cover them lightly with potting mix or soil.

    betty k.
    United States United States

    great prolific marigolds

    Just fine

    Sandra P.
    United States

    Lemon gems

    Every seed germinated as well as a couple of spares. Quick shipping and informative paperwork. LG are one of my favorites.

    Justin T.
    United States

    Easy to grow, great plant.

    I’m very happy with these plants. They are growing very well in a hot, sunny portion of my garden that has relatively poor soil and not minding a bit (I do have them well mulched with wood chips and that is helping a lot!). While they were quick to bloom in the spring and are producing an abundance of flowers, they are not a show stopper compared to some marigolds. I will definitely grow these again, but will use them either in my vegetable garden, or as a companion plant to other showier varieties. Also, for those looking for edible blooms, they have a nice flavor with a very pleasant aftertaste.

    Linda Z.
    United States

    Strong-scented, perfectly shaped mounds

    This plant grows in a perfectly round mound. In a hot, dry site beside the sidewalk, I had mounds 2 feet across. The strong scent, to me, is less like lemon than like citronella. I planted this plant partially to keep away cucumber beetles, but perhaps it works for mosquitoes, too I haven't tried cooking with the petals, but they taste slightly bitter.