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30/05/2014 at 17:43

The first things we've grown from seed have flowered, some french marigolds, the centres have formed nicely, but there's only five petals surrounding the middle, they look decidedly odd. I've not had chance to take a photo, but does anyone have any ideas at all?

30/05/2014 at 17:49

Hi Sweetpea

If you google French Marigolds Images you'll see loads of different types, including a few single ones - do yours look anything like those?

30/05/2014 at 17:51

Hard to tell without a pic sp93. Well done from growing from seed. I bought 6 to plant into pots in greenhouse to deter aphids, they were tiny but flowering. I've potted them on and nipped flowers off to make them grow bigger rather than flowering too early.  Dunno if this helps you.

30/05/2014 at 17:52

Didn't see you there Dove

30/05/2014 at 17:53

I'm just popping out in a minute so will grab a photo then.

They don't look disimilar is shape to

but ours are all yellow. Is it advisable to cut the blooms off then?That seems such a shame! I think this thread is going to highlight just how new I am to gardening

30/05/2014 at 17:57

Those are so pretty - do yours look like that?

30/05/2014 at 18:30


30/05/2014 at 18:33

This is what they look like, but were supposed to be of the big, full head variety!

30/05/2014 at 18:34

Look good to me......none of mine have even germinated so count yourself lucky Sweetpea

30/05/2014 at 18:42

 I dont supposee you might have an idea of what this marigold leafy looking plant may be? It's pretty much sprang up out of nowhere and is about 30cm tall!!

30/05/2014 at 18:53

Think they are French marigold (or Tagetes), SweetPea.

30/05/2014 at 19:49

The top picture looks like Naughty Marietta to me. I grow them every year and those look pretty standard. Good choice for attracting hover flies and deterring things like carrot fly  


30/05/2014 at 21:54

 They look a bit like mine SP, it's a bit dark now but you get the idea, I still think they are pretty but like you, not what I expected.  I think I need to split the Lobelia that's with them a bit, it's grown quite a lot and you can't see the baby Monkey Puzzle Trees now

30/05/2014 at 22:04
Our lobelia germinated but didn't get much further.

Glad I'm not alone OL! They are pretty but I'm sure they aren't what they said on the packet!
30/05/2014 at 23:01

Where did you get them? I think mine were for Home Bargains? I'm going to look at the packet tomorrow.

I though my Lobelia wasn't going to do anything so I'm quite impressed, I potted it in in clumps, as recommended by someone on here.  I love Lobelia, I've got my Busy Lizzie's to sort tomorrow 

31/05/2014 at 07:42

Those look like lovely French Marigolds to me Sweetpea 

The big flowered ones are African Marigolds. Is this what you were expecting? 

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