Marigolds in Your Garden: Quality and Growth Tips
Marigolds are known for being a symbol of joy and happiness. They also happen to be good garden plants! Growing marigold flowers is a wonderful way to add cheerful colors to your garden or home. The bright and sunny colors of the blossoms make it a perfect plant for any space that needs some life, but how do you take care of them? This blog post will help you grow these beautiful flowers with ease!
How to grow Marigold from seeds?
Marigold is a flowering plant in the genus Tagetes. It has been introduced to North America from Central and South America as an ornamental garden flower, mainly for its bright golden color during the autumn season.
These hardy plants can be grown easily with little care or attention, given sun exposure and well-drained soil.
To grow marigolds from seeds: Start by preparing your container first by adding some compost into the bottom of it, then add enough potting mix so that your seedling will have about two inches (five cm) space between the top of their root ball and the rim of your container if you’re using containers*.
How do you take care of potted marigolds?
Water the plants with a hose until evenly moist and then place them in an area that receives six hours of sunlight per day. They will need watering once or twice every week.
If you’re planting outside, make sure to wait for soil temperatures to be over 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 Celsius) before doing so.
Marigolds are sensitive to frost as they bloom best when it’s warm enough for other flowers but not too hot where leaves can fry from excessive sun exposure.
Check the soil moisture daily and water when necessary. Plant them outside after it is warm enough, within a few months of planting time.
Use marigolds in flower gardens or small pots around your home.
Marigolds are known for a variety of qualities, mainly their ability to help deter unwanted insects and bugs from your garden plants because they emit an unpleasant odor when crushed or stepped on that repels these pests.
Marigolds are useful as companion plants that repel pests like aphids, whiteflies, hornworms, and spiders. If you live in an area where insects and other pests are a problem, marigolds could be the plant for you.
Are marigolds perennials or annuals?
Marigold varieties originate from Central America to India, but today they are grown worldwide because of their many positive qualities.
A lot of marigolds are perennials, but these can be hard to grow. Marigolds that are annuals will do better in warmer zones and climates.
Depending on where you live, your marigold may or may not have a perennial life span. If you’re living in an area with cold winters, for example, the idea of having a semi-evergreen plant around that puts out flowers is not going to work too well.
So growing annual plants might be your best bet there. But if it’s warm and sunny all year round (or most years), then they may thrive as a perennial plant as well!
Marigolds are also excellent plants for attracting pollinators to your garden, so if you’re looking for more reasons to grow them, this might be a good one!
If you have fruit trees or vegetables in your garden (or even just flowers), these flowering beauties can help increase the pollination rate, which will result in better productivity.
Do marigolds need full sun?
Compared to many other plants, marigolds are not very demanding on the sunlight spectrum. They can be planted in partial shade so long as they receive at least 6 hours of light per day.
Marigolds require less light than roses and petunias, but because most plant species prefer the full sun, it’s usually best to give them an eight-hour window of sunny exposure if possible.
What is stripping my marigolds?
Slugs are one of the natural enemies of marigolds. These tiny, slow-moving land snails love to feast on marigold roots and leaves. Regular peeling of the soil around your plants should help with prevention – it just means taking a few minutes each week to peel back the ground cover, searching for and removing any slugs you find.
You can also take steps to protect your plant through mulching better – this will make it more difficult for animals like slugs to uncover and commence eating roots or stems anywhere they please. To do this, simply spread mulch over soil close but not too close to the plant so that rainwater does not leach out from the soil and onto the plants, eventually causing rot.
The second way to protect your plant is by discouraging slugs from coming in contact with it – a good way of doing this is making sure you place a barrier between them and their prey! One such material might be straw or even used coffee grounds, both substances that slugs find unpleasant.
The idea here would be to create an area around the base of your marigold where no soil exists for about one foot outwards so as not to harm roots but still provide protection against slugs (and other invaders!). If you have potted marigolds, these barriers can also work well there: just make sure they are at least six inches tall if grown outdoors and two inches high indoors.
How often should marigolds be watered?
It would be best if you watered marigolds once a week. Ensure that the soil is moist to a depth of approximately six-eight inches in order to promote good root growth. Ensure that the area where you plan on planting these flowers does not have too much nitrogen fertilizer (which promotes green foliage and can make them lose their yellow or orange color).
In terms of plant height, marigolds will grow anywhere from one foot tall to two feet tall depending on environmental conditions such as climate, pH level, moisture levels in the ground, and other types of fertilizers used near it.