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Sunday, September 13, 2009

How's marigolds doing after trimming.



marigolds at walkway bed


When we decided to cut a foot off the central stem of marigolds at Walkway Bed, we were not really sure what will the outcome be. The focus was on making marigolds less leggy, at 3 feet our marigolds are too skinny.. We were quite confident with marigolds ability to continue growing, judging by the presence of healthy looking side shoots at the nodes... A few days after the pruning, marigolds is filling up empty spaces, becoming more rounded, and bushy. Kakdah loves the new look very much.... quite showy she said. But I am worried about the dense foliage which could be a real haven for pests/insects to hide and call the place home!.. urgh.

These marigolds has not shown any sign of flowering yet......





So cutting a foot off marigolds central stems is safe!


~bangchik and Kakdah
Putrajaya, Malaysia

17 comments:

  1. Great! Now you have got me interested in Marigold. But I have to find a lighter colour Marigold. I notice your Sunflower at the corner there. Thank you for sharing updates of your plants.

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  2. I do this with my mums & sedums to keep them bushy. Good job!

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  3. Now your plants look very lush! Years ago I had some growing along a path and they were lovely little rounded, lush bushes (but not nearly as tall as yours). They never bloomed, because I had started them from seeds I collected from plants I purchased and set out in my garden the year before. Apparently, the plants that produced the seeds were hybrid plants. When I planted the seeds they made strong lovely plants, but no blooms... they were "mule" plants.

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  4. I really am jealous, this is my most favorite flower in the world, and I'm terrible at growing them. They always look horrid and die. Lucky my council plants loads of them at the park near me so I can see them when I visit or drive past.

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  5. Waiting after another, this part of growing a plant always makes us worry: when it starts to bloom, and when it starts to grow fruits.

    Never mind, keeping waiting and guessing.

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  6. The leaves are so pretty like fern. Can't wait to see them bloom. I wonder if Marigold has long life or short life cycle.

    Nothing is more relaxing then looking at a nice lush garden. Macam tengok exercise show kat tv sambil baring kat kerusi :)

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  7. Pretty - I'd say you did the right thing, even if it doesn't flower again. Love the color of the foliage...

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  8. My goodness those are healthy marigolds!! wow!

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  9. Marigolds don’t grow that tall in my part of the world. They are great flowers for vegetable gardens

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  10. I've never seen such lush and full Marigolds. I've only seen very small and sparse looking ones. I bet it will look really pretty in bloom.

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  11. Marigold pruning had extremely nice effect!

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  12. They look nice and bushy now. It's a matter of waiting for the flowers now.

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  13. Good pruning so that insects won't have place to hide :P

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  14. the leaves are like feathers, my brother used to tied them up and played it as if a "takraw" ball :) have you come across of kids doing that ?

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  15. STEPH... So sorry to have you hooked onto marigolds. Marigold seeds are available in supermarkets and nurseries, you can find color of your liking.

    RACQUEL, BARBEE, BARRY .. So far so good with pruning that make them really bushy, and hopefully they are not mules as Barbee mentioned.

    RAINNIE, OCEAN GIRL.... There bound to be fun, with things we do.. Especially things we enjoy most. Worries and uncertainties are just spices to heat up the adventure...

    JGH, JANET, RUSTY IN MIAMI ... Thanks, they are growing well, with such a dense foliage. That's what we are going to enjoy for now. I think they are tall because they were planted too close and therefore had to shoot up higher gasping for air and sun.

    CATHERINE, EWA, JO, VUEJARDIN.... they are skinny and leggy before pruning. Once the central stems were cut off, the side shoots are called for action, thus the bushy look. Small grasshoppers seem to enjoy the bush and start treating them like home. But they leave the leaves alone.

    So lets wait for the blooms!
    ~bangchik and kakdah
    Putrajaya, MALAYSIA.

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  16. BABYPOSE... Honestly I had not came across kids playing that way.. We played getah sekerap running up and down. Nowadays kids play less with nature or anything natural. ~bangchik

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  17. wow i think u are so good i like marigolds now

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