The Marigold, a cheerful and easy plant to grow, and a first choice among those who want a bright and splendid natural display for their homes! This annual plant flowers with radiant sprays of multi-colored brass, copper and gold flowers all throughout the summer season.
Marigold flowers, come in a wide variety of happy colors. Shaped like daisies, or heads that resemble carnations standing alone or tightly packed in ball-like clusters. Shades of orange, yellow, maroon, gold, crimson, and sometimes… blooms of white or dual-colored marigold. The size of the plants vary from a demure 6-inch (Signet Marigolds) to a sizable 2 or 3 feet tall (African Marigolds).
There’s quite a number of different Marigold plant species, but the three most popular are:
- The delicate Tagetes tenuifolia thrive in signets and rock gardens; they love dry areas and are great for edging purposes. This type of plant has edible flowers for human consumption.
- The French Marigolds (Tagetes patula) characterized by a bushy, compact size. Don’t let that fool you; their elegant, dainty, demure flowers and plants growing anywhere from 6 inches to about 2 feet tall.
- Finally, Tagetes erecta, the tallest of the Marigold group and sometimes called the African marigold, with plants ranging anywhere from 3 to 5 feet.
How To Grow Your Marigold Flowers
The Marigold plant, the equivalent of a no-fuss, easygoing person who brings a lot of color into your life. They produce some bright and extremely cheery flowers throughout the summer season until the first autumn frost arrives. Marigolds flower and thrive in all USDA plant hardiness zones. Due to their resilient nature, plant them almost anywhere and they will start growing with little to no encouragement.
For the best looking Marigold flowers, plant them in places where they get plenty of heat and sunlight. They will continue to grow even when placed near paved surfaces, as long as you don’t forget to water them. It can tolerate some partial shade, but only if that particular area gets a fair share of sunshine.
Plant marigold flowers in flower beds along with the other bright-hued perennials and annual plants. Growing them in containers the marigold will grow in regular soil and will actually thrive in poor soil conditions! Don’t water them too much, or apply too much fertilizer, as plants will grow too much foliage instead of the beautiful flowers.
How And When To Plant Marigold Seeds
Sow marigold seeds in your garden when weather is warm or sow seed into pots approximately 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost arrives. Cover marigold seeds with ¼ inch of soil. Marigold seeds germinate easily, but watch out for damping issues as they grow. Separate seedlings when they reach about 2 inches.
Through Marigolds do not demand a special soil, many gardener’s recommend using a potting mix when putting their plants in containers. When planting marigolds use a loose soil, whether in the gardens or containers. When planting tall marigolds space them about 2 feet apart, while smaller varieties space them approximately 1 foot apart.
Marigold plants do not necessarily require intensive pruning, but deadheading actually aids plants in the blooming and suppresses the seeding process. When deadheading inspect plants for any dead flowers, and snip them off via your fingertips. Before you know it, healthy marigold flowers will grow and take its place!
Marigold Pest Control
The natural scent of the Marigold plant works very effectively wards off various insects and some animals from your garden. While the inner roots stave off harmful microscopic worms and other pests for a good number of years. More specifically, you can protect your precious other plants from the deer by adding the marigolds into the mix.
However, marigolds don’t find themselves entirely immune to pests though; aphids and mites sometimes take a liking to the marigold. A quick spray of water combined with an insecticidal soap or neem will usually solve the infestation issue. Apply once per week until the pests are gone. Slugs may also find your Marigolds attractive during the wet season, but there’s nothing a bit of slug repellent pellets won’t fix!