Marigolds are also known as Tagetes and they are beautiful garden plants.
Marigolds are very easy to grow and to care for. These little plants were discovered in Central and South America and start to bloom from summer to late fall.
Marigolds prefer a well-drained soil and full sun.
These lovely plants can be propagated by seeds. You should plant the seeds in seedbeds, flats, peat pots or clay pots. Do not forget to keep the soil warm and moist. The seeds will germinate easily, within a few days. Small marigolds should be planted 1 foot apart and tall marigolds about 2-3 feet apart.
Do not forget to water marigolds regularly, but do not overwater them! The good news is that you do not need to fertilize marigolds.
There are many varieties of Marigolds: African Marigolds, French Marigolds, Triploids and Signet Marigolds.
• African Marigolds (Tagetes erecta) bloom from late summer to fall and the flowers are yellow or orange. They can reach heights of 12 to 14 inches.
• French Marigolds (Tagetes patula) have large flowers or small flowers in yellow, orange or gold. They can reach heights of 12 to inches.
• Triploids are hybrid (Tagetes erecta x Tagetes patula) and have bicolored flowers, which bloom during hot weather.
• Signet Marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia pumila) have daisy-like blooms.
Many people believe that marigolds have a distasteful scent.
My marigolds have a very interesting and distinctive scent. Marigolds contain a substance called turpene. Some marigold oils are even used in the manufacture of perfumes.
Let’s grow marigolds!