Marigolds may have daisy-like or carnation-like flowerheads that are produced singly or in clusters. Although there are some 50 species, most marigolds we know come from just three:
Tagetes erecta are the tallest and most upright, at three to five feet. They are sometimes known as African, or American, marigolds. They thrive under hot, dry conditions.
Bushy T. patula, or French marigolds, are somewhat smaller and more compact. They are often wider than they are tall. Elegant and eye-catching, they have relatively demure flowers and usually grow from 6 inches to 2 feet tall.
The dainty T. tenuifolia are the signet, or rock-garden, marigolds that like hot, dry sites and make a wonderful edging. Their flowers are edible.
Marigolds have been stereotyped, but they offer tremendous variety. Both the African and French marigolds are generally aromatic, too.
French and signet types can be planted anytime through midsummer, but the tall American marigolds are best planted right away in the spring (after danger of frost is past) because they are slower to mature.
||Marigolds thrive in full sunshine and can often withstand very hot summers.
||Though they grow in almost any soil, marigolds do best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Prepare the soil by digging down about 6 inches to loosen it. Remove stones.
||When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between waterings, then water well and repeat the process. Water more in high heat
||Add some slow-release (granular) fertilizer in the planting hole. A 5-10-5 works fine.
||Spring, Summer, Fall
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|In The Box
||One Plant without Pot
||The image is for reference purpose only. Actual plant may vary from the image shown as it is a natural plant and will vary piece to piece.
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