African Marigold (Tagetes Erecta Double Mixed) 100 seeds (#2015)
A dramatic mix of tall, large double flowers in a range of bright citrus shades.
Gives height and colour to bedding and border displays.
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.
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.
Genus - Tagetes
Species - Erecta
Variety - Double Mixed
Common name - African Marigold
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 0,75 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 +15-20C.
Sow 3 mm deep.
Sowing Time: February-April.
Germination usually takes 10-20 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.