Private: Marigold – Dwarf

Marigolds bring happy shades of bright summer color to gardens and sunny patios. Our varieties, which will stay compact even in hot weather, are chosen for excellent heat tolerance. Use them in pots, window boxes, and flower beds. Dwarf marigolds are tiny and perfect for small containers, even the pockets of a strawberry jar.

Marigolds bloom reliably in warm weather right up until frost, although they sometimes go through a rest period in extreme heat in the South. They will bounce back when the weather improves. They are a nice late summer flower and fall flower, too, with beautiful orange, yellow, and burnt-orange hues so perfect for autumn.

Plant in well-drained soil and feed with a timed-release fertilizer at planting. Water during periods of drought.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

  • Type Annual
  • Light Part shade
  • Plant spacing 8 to 12 inches apart
  • Plant size 6 to 12 inches tall

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

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Nutrition Information

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 6 to 18 inches apart, depending on type. (Read the stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.) Be careful not to bury the crown of the plant, or it will rot.

Soil requirements: Strawberries need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Amend heavy clay or sandy soil with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Create raised beds if soil is heavy or drains poorly. Soil pH should be between 5.5 and 6.8.

Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Moisture is the key to plump, fully-formed berries. Mulch soil to reduce water evaporation.

Frost-fighting plan: Strawberry plants are sensitive to frost. Temperatures of 28º F or less (a hard frost) damage flowers. Protect newly planted seedlings and established, budded plants by covering plants with straw or a frost blanket. By fall, strawberry plants have formed the flower buds that will open the following spring. To protect them through winter, apply a 2- to 3-inch mulch of straw, pine straw, or other loose organic material.

Common issues: Slugs can be a problem when using organic mulch, so use plastic mulch to discourage them). Keep birds from feasting on berries by covering plants with plastic bird netting. Small, misshapen berries are can be caused by drought or high temperatures.

Harvesting: Pick berries in the morning, when fruits are cool. Select fully formed and colored berries, as unripe berries won’t continue to ripen once picked. Carefully pull strawberries (with stems) from plants. Aim to leave about a half-inch stem on each berry.

Storage: Refrigerate unwashed berries (caps still on) in a plastic container with a loose-fitting lid. Place a paper towel in the bottom of the container before adding berries, then arrange berries in single layers separated by clean paper towels. For peak flavor, use within 2 to 3 days, although berries may last up to 7 days.

For more information, visit the Strawberries page in our How to Grow section.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup sliced strawberries:
  • Calories: 53
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Dietary fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 8g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin C: 163% DV
  • Folate: 10%
  • Vitamin K: 5%
  • Manganese: 32%
  • Potassium: 7%
  • Magnesium: 5%

Nutritional Information

Strawberries are a super-rich source of vitamin C and manganese and are packed with a long list of phytonutrients, among them an important group called phenols. Like other berries, strawberries are especially rich in phenols, compounds that provide the red color and also act as potent antioxidants working to protect the heart, fight cancer, and inflammation. Eating this potent little fruit can be an important and delicious part of a healthy diet.