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Marigold

Tagetes erecta

Also known as

African Marigold, Gousblom (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Overview

African Marigolds are popular low-growing border plants with bright yellow, orange or bronze flowers and a distinctive, slightly pungent scent. As well as bedding plants, they can be used for medicinal purposes, as a soil conditioner or as an insect repellant, so they are a popular companion plant in vegetable beds.

Common problems

Companion plants

Vegetables and herbs benefit from planting them close by!

Harvesting

Harvest leaves and flowers throughout the summer. Seeds can be harvested when the plants begin to dry out and the petals and seedpod turn brown.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing seeds in Spring and Summer. Germination time about 5 - 7 days.

Special Features

Repels harmful insects

Known to keep nematodes away too.

Crop rotation

Especially after or before the cabbage family it is used to condition the soil.

Attractive flowers

Uses

Edible

Leaves and flowers are edible, but not a favourite.

Medicinal

It is used to treat coughs, colic and constipation.