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Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix

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This Marigold mixture adds fiery color to the summer garden with bold reds, oranges and yellows. Growing to be only 12-14” tall, this mixture is great for the border of meadows, a small space garden or containers. Marigold Sparky Mix is so easy to grow that it is the perfect choice for a child’s first garden. Also, try planting Marigolds in your veggie garden to help attract beneficial insects. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.

Zones 1 - 10
Ideal Regions
Northeast
Southeast
Midwest
Southwest
West
Pacific Northwest
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Containers
Containers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-14" tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
SKU TPSMG

Plant Information

This short mixture of marigolds is named "Sparky" since when it's in bloom, your garden seems to sparkle. Another world favorite annual, great for kids' first gardens.
Associated SKUs
TPSMG
TPSMQP (1/4 Pound)
TPSMLB (1 Pound)
TPSMLB5 (5 Pounds)
TPSMLB10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name French Marigold
Botanical Name Tagetes patula
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red, Orange, Yellow
Mature Height 12-14" tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 837 sq ft.
1 lb covers 3,350 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 16,750 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 33,500 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 99,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To Mexico and Central America
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Easy to Grow, Containers, Extended Blooms
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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American MeadowsMarigold Seeds Sparky Mix
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Healthy (8)
  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Reliable growth (7)
  • Hardy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (9)
  • Outdoors (7)
  • Large areas (6)
  • Border control (5)
  • Containers (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Flowers to light a holiday!

I and very many others have enjoyed the seeds I've purchased from American Meadows, as I have spread far and wide their "Sparky Marigold" seeds to bring much joy across the...Read complete review

I and very many others have enjoyed the seeds I've purchased from American Meadows, as I have spread far and wide their "Sparky Marigold" seeds to bring much joy across the country. Six years ago I started a holiday called "Spark Day" that was inspired by a little dog named Sparky who had come from a shelter in West Virginia and who had lived a rotten life of disregard. The good people at Wetzel County Animal Shelter saved him and when he came home to me, he had the good life: A home, warm bed, friends, food, comfort, vet care. He was happy. But he never made it to his one year anniversary in a home, something I had been hoping for him to have. He was a very old dog and had lived a very hard life. But he was also very appreciative. Honoring that, I decided the anniversary of his adoption should be something we celebrated rather than mourned so I decided, along with his many fans -- he had come to me with a following -- that we should celebrate "Spark Day" a day to celebrate "The Spark of Life" that abounds all around us.

As the founder of Spark Day, I searched for something special to help unify all of us in this holiday and mark the occasion with beauty in some life-affirming way. As I was shopping for spring plants that first year at American Meadows, I came upon "Sparky Marigold" seeds. I could not believe it! I bought a bunch and then bought little envelopes and made them up with special labels for Spark Day and sent them out to the people celebrating. Everyone enjoyed them and months later people would send me the pictures of their Sparky Flowers! I mixed Sparky Marigolds with some wildflower blends they had that included perennials as well as annuals, thus the mix included seeds that burned brightly but briefly like Sparky and some that would return, like Sparky's message of behaving in a life-affirming way.

Spark Day has grown over these years and in 2015 people in 17 states celebrated on May 16th, each person receiving a seed packet of Sparky Marigolds mixed with a variety of seeds from the different pollinator blends American Meadows sells to support those creatures who help support the life that's out there. This year I made up 573 Sparky Seed packets. I mailed out 243 packets to all those different states and then took 330 into work with me on Spark Day Eve.

I am a high school teacher and over the years have used this holiday to teach beyond the standard literary curriculum to encourage community involvement and to help them see avenues to apply the lessons literature teaches. Over these past six years, both students and staff have come to anticipate Spark Day, sometimes asking me well in advance for the seeds. They have brought comfort to many going through tough times (e.g. cancer, loss of a loved one, personal stress, etc.) and have brightened the days of so many for months to come. People I do not even know by name stop me in the halls to show me pictures of their Sparky Flowers on their cell phones. It's wonderful! I went into work on Spark Day Eve with 330 seed packets; before the next week was over, I had no more left. I gave them to people at work, at the pet stores where I shop, at the banks I use, at the restaurant where I celebrated Spark Day with many friends. All of these people are planting these seeds and months later they send in pictures to post on the shelter's Facebook page for all to see.

I hope American Meadows will never stop selling the Sparky Marigold blend. They are wonderful and light up the days of so many -- my blooms are still going strong now at the end of November!

VS

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5.0

buy every year

By 

from TEXAS

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

    GREAT PRICES ON ALL PRODUCTS A GOOD COMPANT TO BUY FROM I JUST RECIEVED AND GETTING READY TO PLANT HAVE HAD GREAT RESULTS FROM LAST YEAR AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    One wants to smile when seeing them!!

    By 

    from Grand Junction, CO

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • So BRIGHT
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

    Moved into 5 acres and sowed the seeds on the edges of the stone walls we built!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    very beautiful and easy to maintain!

    By 

    from Huntsville, AL

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

      I grow these French marigolds among tomatoes. Marigolds emit a strong odor that will repel greenfly and blackfly. I also grow these in containers and in my flower garden. This seed mix produces small, compact plants with flowers in beautiful shades. These marigold are perfect for the flower garden and containers. These marigolds do best with full sun and regular watering, and they will continue flowering until the first hard freeze.

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      I will be buy again

      By 

      from Bangs Texas

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Lawn
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

        I have a raised flower bed that 16 FT by 8 FT I planted the seeds very thick thinking I could thin some out but did not get too and am I glad they are so many flowers I had some extra seed gave some away planted a few zinnia mixed in with marigold seeds and they really make a beautiful flower bed I wlll be buying next year from American Meadows wish I could send pictures but do not know

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        5.0

        will buy agsin

        By 

        from Bangs .Texas

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Easy To Grow
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • No Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

        I planted along my driveway they are very easy to plant and came up with in a week I planted them thick thinking that they might not all come up but was I surprised every seed must of come up they are now starting to bloom my flowers look just like the picture you show I also planted in garden I am very pleased with all the different flower seeds I have ordered from American meadows will be ordering all my seeds from this company

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        • Personal

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Flowers to light a holiday!

        By 

        from Huntington, NY

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • A Wonderful Lasting Mix
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Lawn
        • Outdoors
        • Patio
        • Pool Area
        • To Add Bright Cheer

        Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

        I and very many others have enjoyed the seeds I've purchased from American Meadows, as I have spread far and wide their "Sparky Marigold" seeds to bring much joy across the country. Six years ago I started a holiday called "Spark Day" that was inspired by a little dog named Sparky who had come from a shelter in West Virginia and who had lived a rotten life of disregard. The good people at Wetzel County Animal Shelter saved him and when he came home to me, he had the good life: A home, warm bed, friends, food, comfort, vet care. He was happy. But he never made it to his one year anniversary in a home, something I had been hoping for him to have. He was a very old dog and had lived a very hard life. But he was also very appreciative. Honoring that, I decided the anniversary of his adoption should be something we celebrated rather than mourned so I decided, along with his many fans -- he had come to me with a following -- that we should celebrate "Spark Day" a day to celebrate "The Spark of Life" that abounds all around us.

        As the founder of Spark Day, I searched for something special to help unify all of us in this holiday and mark the occasion with beauty in some life-affirming way. As I was shopping for spring plants that first year at American Meadows, I came upon "Sparky Marigold" seeds. I could not believe it! I bought a bunch and then bought little envelopes and made them up with special labels for Spark Day and sent them out to the people celebrating. Everyone enjoyed them and months later people would send me the pictures of their Sparky Flowers! I mixed Sparky Marigolds with some wildflower blends they had that included perennials as well as annuals, thus the mix included seeds that burned brightly but briefly like Sparky and some that would return, like Sparky's message of behaving in a life-affirming way.

        Spark Day has grown over these years and in 2015 people in 17 states celebrated on May 16th, each person receiving a seed packet of Sparky Marigolds mixed with a variety of seeds from the different pollinator blends American Meadows sells to support those creatures who help support the life that's out there. This year I made up 573 Sparky Seed packets. I mailed out 243 packets to all those different states and then took 330 into work with me on Spark Day Eve.

        I am a high school teacher and over the years have used this holiday to teach beyond the standard literary curriculum to encourage community involvement and to help them see avenues to apply the lessons literature teaches. Over these past six years, both students and staff have come to anticipate Spark Day, sometimes asking me well in advance for the seeds. They have brought comfort to many going through tough times (e.g. cancer, loss of a loved one, personal stress, etc.) and have brightened the days of so many for months to come. People I do not even know by name stop me in the halls to show me pictures of their Sparky Flowers on their cell phones. It's wonderful! I went into work on Spark Day Eve with 330 seed packets; before the next week was over, I had no more left. I gave them to people at work, at the pet stores where I shop, at the banks I use, at the restaurant where I celebrated Spark Day with many friends. All of these people are planting these seeds and months later they send in pictures to post on the shelter's Facebook page for all to see.

        I hope American Meadows will never stop selling the Sparky Marigold blend. They are wonderful and light up the days of so many -- my blooms are still going strong now at the end of November!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Seeds that quickly turned into a dense strip of beauty!!

        By 

        from Nampa, Idaho

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Lightweight
        • Like Sunshine In The Yard
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

          Prompt delievery, seeds that produced healty robust blooms. Very happy with the results. Keep up the good work.

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          • Personal
           
          4.0

          Creates a beautiful border for gardens!

          By 

          from Northern New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

            I grew these for the first time last year and used them as border along our fenceline in one of our gardens. They created a beautiful full hedge and bloomed from mid-summer all the way until the first hard frost. It created a beautiful mix of oranges, yellows and reds.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again.

            By 

            from Huntsville, AL

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

              Marigolds are a great annual flower. They are easy to grow. They also repels nematodes, tomato worm, slugs, general garden pests. They are good to grow with tomatoes and other vegetables.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Marigolds by the thousands

              By 

              from Florissant, MO

              About Me Weekend Yard Worker

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              Pros

              • Fragrant
              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Reliable Growth

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Border Control
              • Containers
              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

              Used these marigolds around a raised bed - perfect - neighbors loved it, looked great. Bought the 1/4 lb bag and had plenty to share after surrounding the raised bed: filled a large pot, two long planters and filled in a bare area and I still have seeds. The seeds were fast to grow and flower. The plants were thick and a great ground cover.
              There are no negatives, just marigolds galore.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great ground cover in harsh stones

              By 

              from Taylor, Michigan

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              Pros

              • Great Ground Cover
              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Pest Resistant
              • Reliable Growth
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Border Control
                • Containers
                • Erosion Control
                • Large Areas
                • Raised Beds
                • Spring To Frost

                Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                Needed a flower to grow in old stones that have sunk into the ground over many years. The flowers would have to grow in uncultivated soil, stones and able to smother out weeds from growing. Marigold Sparky mix was my answer to this gloomy rental back yard! I removed all the weeds possible in the stones and covered the area 3 feet wide by 50 feet long with Marigold Sparky Mix, also down the driveway and along the side of the house. I than covered the seeds with very little soil. It was amazing my Marigolds grew in these conditions. Now we can relax sitting in our back yard with a blanket of Marigolds, instead of weeds and stones!

                 
                5.0

                I would by this product and recommend it

                By 

                from Canada

                About Me Master Gardener

                Pros

                • Long Bloom Time
                • Low Maintenance
                • Pest Resistant
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Control
                  • Containers
                  • Large Areas
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                  Beautiful flowers!!!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful

                  By 

                  from Wyoming

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Pros

                  • Fragrant
                  • Large Bulb Size
                  • Long Bloom Time
                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Border Control
                    • Containers
                    • Cut Flowers
                    • Erosion Control
                    • Large Areas
                    • Raised Beds

                    Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                    All away around my fruit tree garden. Does wonders.
                    I love the way it looks , smells, and lasts.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Marigold Extravaganza

                    By 

                    from North Windham CT.

                    About Me Casual Hobbyist

                    Pros

                    • Fragrant
                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Reliable Growth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Cut Flowers
                      • Erosion Control
                      • Large Areas

                      Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                      Tore down an old building leaving an approx 50' by 50' bare spot Purchased a 1/4 lb package of sparky marigold seed and simply broadcast the seed by hand. Created a visual masterpiece. Neighbors come to pick the flowers and just look at them.

                       
                      5.0

                      I planted it and it is growing very well

                      By 

                      from Lincolnton, NC

                      Pros

                      • Reliable Growth

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Raised Beds

                        Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                        I planted it and it's growing very wonderfully. But it hasn't bloom yet, but when it does bloom I'm pretty sure it will turn out beautifully.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Bottm Line....Great Mix

                        By 

                        from Wheat Ridge, CO

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Low-mid Maintenance
                        • Pest Resistant
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                        • Full Sun Needs More Water
                        • Light feeding needed
                        • Needs Extensive Watering

                        Best Uses

                        • Border Control
                        • Containers
                        • Cut Flowers
                        • Erosion Control
                        • Indoor Pots
                        • Large Areas
                        • Raised Beds

                        Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                        Colorado, USA, Planted these in full sun for border. Grows fast and tons of blooms! Being in full sun one should mulch and requires more water on very hot days. A weekly/bi weekly feeding should be applied for stronger stems and greater blooming action. Handles clay soils, but one should add mulch to soil before planting.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Unimpressive

                        By 

                        from haverhill MA

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Needs Extensive Watering

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about American Meadows Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix:

                            Inconsistent heights

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