Marigold Plant Information


Cheerful and easy to grow, marigolds are a popular annual for pots, borders and window boxes. Planted as a companion to more vulnerable flowers and vegetables, marigolds may repel nematodes, cutworms and rabbits.

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Home gardeners can choose from a variety of marigold species, ranging in size from 6 to 48 inches tall with a similar spread. Abundant flowers appear in shades of orange, maroon, cream and yellow. Foliage is lacy and dark green.


The four basic species of marigolds are: African, French, triploid and signet. Each of these species consists of many hybrids with variations in color and size.


Moist, loamy soil produces the best flowers. Marigolds prefer full sun but will grow in partial shade. They are tender tropical plants killed by frost, but grow just about anyway as annuals.


Stake taller species such as African or Aztec marigolds to prevent damage from wind. Pinch off spent flowers from all types to encourage additional flowering.


In hot, dry weather, spider mites may attack marigolds. Garden slugs also like to eat the plants.


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