Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Seeds of this hardy, cool-season annual were planted by Jefferson at his boyhood home, Shadwell, in 1767. Often called "Marygold" by gardeners before 1800, this self-seeding species with single yellow and orange flowers has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes since the Middle Ages.
Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost at 70°F. Transplant to cell-packs once they have several true leaves, then harden off and transplant outdoors after last frost. In cooler regions, seeds can also be direct-sown just before the last frost. Approximately 20-30 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun||Transplant||1/4”||12” apart||12-18”||Hardy Annual|