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.
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
Variety - nana Fiesta
Common name - French Marigold
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 0.30 m
Spread - 0.25 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Bowls, containers on balconies, graves and borders.
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow to orange or crimson
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: 3 mm.
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 30 cm apart in full sun or part shade.
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