Will Marigolds Re-seed?

Do marigolds die in winter?

By dee from Port Townsend, WA

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September 8, 20090 found this helpful

I've let my marigold seeds go over the winter and they did not return the following spring. Perhaps the climate has something to do with that. Marigolds are classified as annuals. I always planted mine on outside row of garden. They are suppose to be a mosquito detractant.

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September 11, 20091 found this helpful

Yes, marigolds are a one time deal. And knowing the climate of that area, being from Bellingham originally, and having family on Camano Island, I would say your chances of having marigolds reseed themselves would be kind of iffy. You might get a few that would survive, but if I were you, I would go ahead and put a few seeds, or plants in the ground, just in case. I love the ferry ride across from Whidby to Port Townsend, by the way.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

Hey, I'm 15 and I grew marigolds when I was 13, and I knew they would die and not grow back, when they died I didn't remove them I just left them there to decompose, however I was shocked to see them grow back

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August 15, 20190 found this helpful

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September 7, 2009

I am a new gardener. I have grown marigolds from seed, planted them in the garden, and they are flowering beautifully. Will they grow back next year or will I have to buy some more seeds and start again?


Hardiness Zone: 9a

By bridget dickinson from Lincolnshire, UK


Will Marigolds Re-seed?

Mine have come back for years. They very readily self-sow. Makes it easy, because I know what's going to come up in that spot, less planning for me (and they look happy, too). (07/07/2009)

By Lisa

Will Marigolds Re-seed?

Let the last few flowers go to seed, then pick the heads and open them and collect the seeds. (Choose a dry day to do this.) Reasonably mature seeds should be brown in colour, with white tufts at the top where the flower petals were joined. Just pull off any remaining scraps of petals. Leave the seeds scattered on a saucer indoors for a day or two, to really make sure they're dry, then store them in a paper envelope till sowing time next year. (Never use plastic, always paper.)

Marigolds are of the easiest flowers I've found to collect and sow seeds from and they make your hands smell heavenly too when deadheading and collecting the seeds.


Why not collect seeds from any of the flowers you like. It costs nothing, but your time and you might surprise yourself how easy it is. Some are easier to collect than others, and some have a better germination success rate, but so long as you have fun trying, why not? If one type fails, you'll still have time to buy some seeds.

There are a few plants (like lupins) that you will need to buy fresh seed for if you want the full mixture of colours, if the seed pack is labeled F1 seeds, then collected seed will produce only single coloured flowers. In the case of lupins, the natural color is purple. Maureen

By Maureen

Will Marigolds Re-seed?

Yes, they will. I find it best to dead head the first few to encourage more flowers, then just either forget about them and let them seed where they are now, or just rub your thumb or fingers over the seed heads now and again. When they are ready they will fall off into your hands, then just put them where you want them to grow.


Gail x (07/14/2009)

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March 19, 20170 found this helpful

I lived in colorado planted anout5 or 10 marigoals they multiplied ever year and came back if the seeds fell in grass they would grow they were beautiful different colors

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