Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson planted seeds of the African Marigold along the winding walk flower border on April 8, 1812. Although native to South America, the first garden plants introduced into Europe came from Northern Africa: hence, the common name. While double garden forms were common around 1800, this is the species, or wild form, of African Marigold with unusual (and rare) single, yellow flowers. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Sow African Marigold (Tagetes erecta) seeds indoors 4 weeks before last frost date at 70 degrees F. Transplant to cell packs once they have several true leaves, then harden off and transplant outdoors after last frost. Alternatively, direct sow outdoors after last frost. Approximately 40-50 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Days to Emerge||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Type|
|Full Sun||Transplant||1/4"||4-14||2' apart||4'H||Half-Hardy Annual|
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