Marigolds are regarded as one of the easiest plants to grow. They are very hardy, and may survive minor frosts.
This an annual dwarf plant grows up to 35 cm m tall. Leaves are less than 3 cm long, deeply divided into many small parts.
It is an excellent addition to the landscape as bedding or edging plants at the front of the border or in containers on the deck, patio. Good for herb and kitchen garden as well as the flowers are edible. Mix the petals in salads or teas and enjoy!
The plant is well suited to a mostly sunny position, and fairly well draining soil. Overly fertile soil may cause the plants to become bushy and produce less flowers. They can be planted out when there's no more risk of frosts.
For best growth, marigolds require full sun and well drained, average soil. Regular deadheading will help plants look and flower their best. French marigolds are great for mixed plantings and containers. 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.
Approximately 50 seeds in 0.5g packet.
Genus - Tagetes
Species - Erecta
Variety - nana
Common name - African Marigold
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 0,30 - 0,35 m
Spread - 0.30 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Medium rich, poor, well drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Mix of Yellow, Red, Orange, Gold, Dark Red, Orange Red
Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of +20-+25C.
Sow 3 mm deep.
Sowing Time: March-April.
Germination usually takes 7-14 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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