Marigold - Scarlet Sophie (French)
The spectacular camellia-like blooms of this french marigold are uniquely different. The rich russet, red flowers trimmed with gold change to flame red as the flower ages. It flowers early and is smothered with blooms all season. It is recommended for beds, borders, pots, and window boxes. Height: 25-30cm.
Sow in early spring a good seed compost just covering the seed with compost. Make sure that the compost is moist but not wet and seal in a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 5-10 days at 12-24C. Transplant when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots, and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 1-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 3cm apart in a sunny spot in ordinary garden soil.