Tagetes- Marigold

Annual plants with brightly coloured flowers, best known as bedding plants.

Situation:

In beds; also to combat eelworm, by reason of the odours the plants exude. Need sun or partial shade.

Soil:

Any standard garden soil is acceptable.

Propagation:

Sow from early spring onwards, under glass. Prick out under glass, harden off in late spring, and plant outside 20-30 cm apart.

Tagetes erecta, African marigold: Height 25-75 cm; very strongly scented foliage; flowers in a variety of shapes, yellow or orange. Only the dwarf forms are suitable as bedding plants.

Tagetes patula, French marigold: Height 20-70 cm; somewhat longer flower stalks than in the previous species, A large selection to choose from, and now also with brown-red flowers.

Tagetes tenuifolia, Mexican marigold: Height 20-70 cm; tiny single, star-shaped flowers in yellow or orange.

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