When do I pick marigold buds for planting the seeds?

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Posted by sunnyplantsgardener on June 27, 2003 at 22:12:09:

I have a medium-small bed with (I think French)marigolds lined around part of the rim. A friend of mine told me that if you clip off the dead marigold blooms, pull out the seeds, and sprinkle them around the bed, they might grow. I did this with a couple of buds, and to my suprise, I had marigold sprouts appearing around the back/middle of my (empty) bed. Naturally I started to do this more, seeing that the middle of the bed would have just been empty space. But instead of sprinkling the seeds around, I started planting the seeds from the bud. I've been noticing that my results are a little hap-hazard. I've gotten a couple of good groups of flowers sprouting, but only about 50 percent of the groups I plant.
So I was wondering when the best time to pick the blooms is. when it is just starting to die? When the petals are shriveled up but the base is still green? Or when the whole bloom is brown and shriveled?

Thanks for reading, :)

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