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marigolds

Posted by kayenta none (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 16, 13 at 14:23

Hello,

I had wonderful, big bloom marigolds in my greenhouse last year (several varieties from commercial seeds)
I saved the seeds and replanted them. Very few have produced flowers. About 90% have grown very big, look really healthy and lush but there are NO blossoms...or even buds. I found 2 or 3 that had small, stunted buds...less than a fourth the size that they should be. Do you think they cross-pollinated and are adversely affected? I thought cross-pollination might occur the SECOND year of seed saving...?
Any solutions?
Thanks!!!


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RE: marigolds

They were probably hybrid seeds to begin with. The offspring would be very different with odd characteristics. Some may be nice if you give them a chance to flower.


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RE: marigolds

Kayenta,

Cross pollination can happen any time you open pollinate.

Susan is spot on with hybrids. My large African hybrids I saved seeds from are not blooming either. I have had them take 12 weeks to bloom. Always a treat to see what you can get.


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RE: marigolds

New to forum...I hope this response gets seen by the people who answered my question...
Thanks to you both for responding. I'll wait to see what happens!


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RE: pink hydrangea

I remember I have another question:
I live in Colo. at about 7500 feet in elevation. Very warm during summer. I bought a pink hydrangea at a garden store and it did well for about a month...but now the petals have been starting to turn a dull yellow-green and it's getting worse.
I know the hydrangea only likes a bit of sun in the a.m; too much and it wilts. It's in a big pot so I can bring it in in winter.
Any ideas on what it need to be pink and healthy again? I have NOT fertilized it yet.

Thanks!!


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RE: marigolds

How much water is it getting? A couple of mine started to do that after weeks of rain. A picture would help a lot. A lot of very knowledgeable people on here that will know when they see it.


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RE: marigolds

Thank you, I took a pic but I can't upload it, for some reason. I'll try again at some point.


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