Marigolds originated in Mexico in the early 1500's, where they were first documented in ritual ceremonies by the Aztecs for religious and medicinal purposes. Believed to treat unfortunate situations, such as hiccups, being struck by lightning, and the sudden necessity to safely cross fast-moving water, the golden flowered plant became a coveted seed by the Spanish, who called the plant “Mary’s Gold” and decorated their altars with the bright orange flowers. Marigolds, being the magical workhorses they are, quickly took root throughout Spain, France, and Africa, and reached into Hindu religious ceremonies adorning village gods during harvest festivals. Shortly after the Revolutionary War, marigolds made their way to America where Burpee introduced traditional American breeding into the plant in 1915.
The Hawaii marigold is a French type, renowned for its ability to support the garden as a natural form of pest control. This variety is known to exude a potent substance called thiophene through its roots and leaves. Thiophene is not a friend to the root-knot nematode (a recurring pest in Hawaiian soils) which tend to move away from marigold roots.
Planting: Start in the nursery, and only very lightly cover seeds for good germination. Seeds will sprout within 7-10 days, keep moist and transplant into the garden within 2-4 weeks.
Depth: Surface, lightly covered
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Days to Maturity: 50 days
30 seeds per packet
Packets are made of paper and need to stay dry and in cool, dark storage.
Store in a cool DRY place with NO moisture or the seeds will sprout!
The Hawaiʻi Seed Growers Network is a statewide group of artisanal farmers that have worked together over the past 13 years to develop and grow high-quality, locally grown, and adapted seed varieties for Hawai‘i's home gardeners and market farmers. Varieties selected for their online marketplace have been tested for multiple years by seed growers on their farms and gardens under Hawai‘i's unique and diverse, subtropical climatic conditions. Seed growers carefully observe, hand select, and harvest from only the best plants to ensure well-adapted, healthy seeds sprout and grow well in your home garden. All seeds are open-pollinated (OP) varieties that allow you to begin saving your own seed, improving and strengthening these varieties in your home garden. Seeds are properly dried, tested for germination according to USDA standards, and carefully stored to ensure viability at N. Kohala Seed Bank, Nahelehele. Growing tips and seed-saving information are available on the Hawaiʻi Seed Growers Network website through the Blogs and Resource pages at: hawaiiseedgrowersnetwork.com.