The best time for planting pansies in 2024: how to ensure successful flower germination

By Andrii MaistrenkoJun 14, 2024 09:08 AMGarden
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The best time for planting pansies in 2024. Source: 16acresgardencenter.com

There is no doubt about the popularity of marigolds among Ukrainian housewives. These unpretentious, hardy flowers can withstand temperature extremes and bloom profusely, pleasing to the eye and sense of smell. In addition, marigolds effectively repel rodents. SSPDaily found out what is important to know about the ideal time for sowing seeds, the correct planting technique, and further care for these bright flowers.

Sowing marigolds in the open ground in 2024

To ensure successful growth, it is advisable to sow marigold seeds as soon as the ground is no longer frozen and the daytime temperature is consistently at least five degrees Celsius. According to the lunar calendar for 2024, the optimal time is in late March and early April. However, in regions with persistent cold weather and frequent frosts, it is better to sow the seeds indoors in early March and transplant them outdoors in April.

Planting marigolds outdoors

When choosing a place to plant marigolds, choose an area with abundant sunlight and no surface water, as excessive moisture is unfavorable for these flowers. In the prepared soil, sow the marigold seeds into grooves about four to five centimeters deep. Maintain a row spacing of 30-40 centimeters to ensure proper growth and development of the plants. After sowing, water the beds lightly.

After emergence, thin out the marigolds as needed, ensuring a minimum distance of ten centimeters between plants. About two months after planting, the first flower buds should appear. Although marigolds are fairly undemanding to the soil, it is useful to apply fertilizers to the soil to increase fertility during their growth. Regular watering is very important, especially during dry periods, to prevent dehydration.

Sowing marigold seeds for seedlings

Sow marigold seeds for seedlings in March or April. Before sowing, prepare a soil mixture containing peat, soil, compost, and sand. Choose a container of sufficient depth with drainage holes or place a drainage material such as sand, bricks, or expanded clay on the bottom of the container.

Water the soil thoroughly three days before planting the seeds. Once moistened, sow the seeds and water lightly again before covering the container with plastic wrap. Keep it in a warm place until the first seedlings appear. At this point, remove the film and move the seedlings to a sunny windowsill.

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