Popular annual plant for bedding and in groups. It is long flowering in bowls and containers on balconies, graves and borders. Also used as edging for vegetable beds.
Large flowering, dwarf variety with chrysanthemum-like flowers.
For best growth, marigolds require full sun and well drained, rich soil. Regular deadheading will help plants look and flower their best. As an added benefit, research suggests that marigold roots emit a substance that deters root nematodes, so they make fine companion plants for nematode-susceptible vegetables.
Information source: www.learn2grow.com.
Genus - Tagetes
Species - Patula nana
Variety - Cupido
Common name - French Marigold
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual flower
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 0.25 - 0.30 m
Spread - 0.25 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Bowls, containers on balconies, graves and borders.
Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of +20-+25C.
Sowing depth: 3mm. Sowing Time: March-April.
Germination usually takes 7-21 days.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle.
Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed 30cm apart in full sun or part shade.
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