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Red 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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    Sharon S.
    United States United States

    Very few blooms

    See my review of Lemon Gem, and the photo attached. Lemon Gem is at left, Mr. Majestic is in center, and Red Gem is at right.

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