Marigold Propagation in 5 Steps

Orange marigold
  • 1-10 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Mnarigold seeds
Indoor pots
Plant fertilizer
Blooming marigold plant
Outdoor garden (for transplanting)

The marigold flower is a popular blossom that is grown by many amateur gardeners because it can be grown indoors before being transplanted to an outdoor garden. They are a popular decorative flower. They are easy to care for and offer a variety of vibrant colors. The white, golden, orange, yellow, and sometimes red blooms can brighten any room with just a little bit of work. Propagation of the Marigold is simple and can be completed in a rather short amount of time. The first three steps talk about propagation from seed, while the last two talk about propagating marigolds from the plant itself.

Step 1 - Plant

The best way to grow Marigolds to ensure propagation is to grow them indoors and then transplant them outdoors. Clay pots or long containers are the best objects to grow them in, as they allow for proper spacing in the soil. They should be spaced four to six inches apart to ensure proper growth.

Step 2 - Water

red and orange marigolds

Water marigold seeds thoroughly once they have been planted indoors. These plants grow very quickly and need only partial sun to grow. This flower germinates quickly, so it will not take long for you to have a plant that is ready to transplant outdoors. You should have your first continual display of color by mid-summer. If you are growing smaller varieties, the plants need to be placed four to six inches apart. Some giant marigolds need to be placed about a foot apart while growing.

Step 3 - Transplant

You can transplant marigold plants to your outdoor garden after the final frost of the spring season. These plants need moderate to full sunshine, so be sure they are transplanted into an area with ample sunshine. Soil selection is important as well, as there needs to be plenty of nitrogen in the soil to ensure proper growth and blooms.

Step 4 - Introduce Propagation From the Plant

marigold seeds and seed packet

Once you have learned how to propagate from seed, popping the plant's spent flower heads will be much easier. Once your Marigold has bloomed, remove the whole flower and bud beneath. The blooms provide the seeds for the next season. All you need to do is lightly cover them with compost or mulch in the area you want them to grow. There is no need to separate anything. Not all of the seeds will germinate, but you are sure to get some new plants from this easy, no-nonsense approach.

Step 5 - Ensure Propagation by Avoiding Pest and Disease

Once transplanted to your outdoor garden, propagation of marigolds will not be difficult. Many types of insects avoid marigolds naturally, while bees will help with pollination and propagation to other areas. Because marigolds naturally repel most insects, some of them can also be used to make insect repellant. The most common type of threat to marigold plants is slugs. They can cause major damage and must be treated quickly.