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African Marigold 'Crackerjack'     

Tagetes erecta

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'Crackerjack' is a African Marigold variety in the Tagetes genus with a scientific name of Tagetes erecta. Crackerjack is a variety of heirloom OP African Marigold . Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Painter yellow and   School bus yellow and   Orange. When mature, they grow to 10.0 cm (3.9 inches imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers are of a Double form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Napier green colour.

Big, bold double flowers in orange, gold and lemon borne well above the foliage. A very early and free flowering strain.

This is a mixed seed packet featuring different colours offered by West Coast Seeds.

Crackerjack marigold is a superior variety with mounding form, consistent height and sturdy flower stalks. Deer resistant.2

It is an Flower and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Crackerjack is known for its Mound-Forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 91.0 cm (2.96 feet). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Mexico is believed to be where Crackerjack originates from.

Crackerjack African Marigold is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Crackerjack have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Crackerjack

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Deadhead.

Sow outside 1 to 2 weeks after last frost and if starting inside 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Crackerjack is thought of as half hardy, so it will require protection in frosts and low temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 9 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

Growing Crackerjack from seed

Sow the seed thinly in pots or trays on a windowsill or in a greenhouse in a good quality, finely sieved, moist compost.

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.23 inches (0.6 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) between African Marigold plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Crackerjack about 49 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Crackerjack

Transplant seedlings spacing them 5cm apart in trays and grow on. Acclimatize the plants to outside conditions and then plant 15 – 23cm apart in a sunny place.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Crackerjack is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Crackerjack

Crackerjack folklore & trivia

For years, farmers have included the open-pollinated African marigold ‘Crackerjack’ in chicken feed to make egg yolks a darker yellow 1.

Other Names for African Marigold 'Crackerjack'

Crackerjack Mixed, Crackerjack Mixed Colors

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Footnotes

1 Marigolds on the Almanac

2 botanicalinterest.com