Marigolds won't bloom

brockthegreekAugust 24, 2008

I planted a packet of Burpee Snowball Hybrid Marigolds back in the Spring and they won't bloom. The buds get to the size of a pea and then just stop growing. As you can see from the picture, this is happening to all of the plants from that packet. I have other varieties of marigolds planted on each side of them and they have been profusely blooming. They get plenty of water and are fertilized around once a month. It's got me stumped. Anyone have an idea?


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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Very puzzling. Have you tried contacting Burpee? Since it's their seed, they may have some insight. You plants look perfectly healthy, except (maybe) that the foliage is much lighter. That could be normal. But it could be some kind of deficiency.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 10:28AM
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Well Donna, I guess they just aren't the heat lovers that the other marigolds are. After a couple of weeks of sub-100 temperatures, they are finally blooming. Maybe it is something to do with the type of hybrid they are. I'm curious to see if they set seed. If they do, I wonder what type of flowers will develop. Maybe some selfed or crossed with some of my other marigolds.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 12:37AM
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caroline_2008(Z 6)

I planted several beds of marigolds and some of them are
now blooming, much later than some. I have some large yellows, blooming and a pic of some late ones . I don't know
the name but know they are late bloomers. like these.
Happy gardening, caroline From Marigolds

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 9:59PM
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Hi Caroline,
Your picture looks like Scarlet Starlet. The ones I planted bloomed early with my others. The white ones seemed to be the only ones that would make a bud and stop growing. I'm glad they finally did. Here's a pic of one.
From Flowers

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 11:13PM
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caroline_2008(Z 6)

BTG, your white one is beautiful, I never did have
white ones. Well, maybe I planted mine later than usual.
I was planting marigolds and zinnias at all different
times thru the summer, I still have some just now
budding in a huge pot. I never have kept the names of
these. Thanks for looking. Happy gardening, caroline .

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 12:13AM
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