|Written by Bernice Beaty|
In the fall, you can collect Marigold seeds to replant in the Spring. Marigolds are my favorite flower; even people like me with pink thumbs can grow these pretty flowers. I love how these brightly colored flowers continue to bloom all summer and into the fall. Although they are sun lovers, they will thrive in most any soil as long as it's well-drained. Some Marigolds are only six inches tall; however some grow to become two feet in height. Marigold seeds normally germinate fairly easy and so I enjoy gathering the seeds from my prettiest Marigolds and storing them to plant next year in the spring. To find the seeds of the Marigold, look to the flower in the fall, the ones that have turned brown can be plucked offÂ and opened up to discover the seeds inside.
Step 1: In the fall when you began to see the pretty, healthy Marigold flowers fade from their beautiful bright colors to brown, you can pinch off or cut the brown flowers from the plant. Pick them off on a dry day, after the morning dew has dried. Try to choose only the brown flowers that feel dry.
Step 2: Open them up to see the seeds inside. They look like slender sticks and are dark on one side and light on the other side.
Step 3: Separate the seeds from the flower and spread the seeds out in a flat layer on a cookie sheet or any dry clean surface. Be careful using paper towels or paper plates, they might hold in moisture and hinder drying time.
Step 5: Allow seeds to air dry in a cool, dry area for a few days and then store them in paper envelopes to plant them in the spring. Be sure to write the name on the envelope and if desired, the color of the Marigold.
Warnings: Â Be sure to use only healthy flowers that have been in full bloom. For best results be sure to plant the seeds the spring following the fall season in which they were collected. Seeds are alive and will eventually die.
Hints: In the Fall when you collect Marigold seeds to replant in the Spring, mix the seeds together to make sure all the seeds are not from the same flower, in case you chose an unhealthy flower's seeds.
Make sure the seeds don't freeze while in storage. If you want, you can store your dried seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator, until springtime. Be sure to keep them out of areas of high humidity.
Plant Marigolds in areas where you want to keep insects away, most insects don't like the smell of Marigolds.