Tagetes tenuifolia Tangerine GEM
Plants for bedding, pot plants, plants for planting in bowls
Sun – Partial shade
10″ / 25 cm
January-February for bedding plant production; February-March for flowering in pots from June onwards
2-3 seeds per plug
7-12 days at temperatures of 68-75 °F (20-24 °C). Cover seed lightly with vermiculite after sowing.
Transplant plugs after 4-5 weeks. Grow on at 60-68 °F (15-20 °C).
Use a well-drained, growing perennial substrate with 15-30 % clay, 0-20 % parts (e.g. perlite),1-3 kg/m³ complete balanced fertilizer, iron-chelate, micronutrients, pH: 5.5-6.5.
Grow at 12-20 °C or outdoors. Temperatures during plug stage are too low, quality of first flowers will be poor. Prefer temperatures between 18-20 °C for cultivation, because these temperatures promote the flower initiation. The plants for early selling should be hardened slowly at 10-13 °C. T. tenuifolia does not tolerate frost.
Moderate fertilization levels are required. Fertilize the crop weekly with 150-200 ppm nitrogen, using a complete balanced fertilizer. Avoid high ammonium and high nitrogen levels. High nitrogen levels are the cause that the leaves are too large and high ammonium levels will damage the roots. Check regularly pH value in substrate, because pH below 5.0 can result in necrotic spots on the leaves or in yellow leaves.
“Information copied from the breeder.
Muller will not accept any liability for failure and/or damage as a consequence of incorrect and/or inexpert cultivation by or on behalf of the Buyer.”