|Scientific Name : Tagetes spp.|
|Family : Asteraceae|
|Colour : Varied|
|Common names : Marigold|
Marigold is a fast growing annual herb which grows to almost 6-12" tall and produce single, semi double, fluffy double or crested flowers, depending on the species and variety. The pinnate leaves with toothed, lance-shaped leaflets are aromatic. This bushy plant with around 20 to 30 species, have a long flowering period and the colours range from orange, yellow, gold, cream to apricot. French Marigold (large flower heads) and African Marigold (small flower heads) are the two common species. They are often used as a bedding plant, as well as for edging, backgrounds, and as cut flowers. Marigold is a common garden plant found throughout the world.Planting
Marigolds can be easily grown in all climates and require a well drained soil and good sunlight. It can propagate or multiply from seeds or tender cuttings. The seeds can be sown directly in the garden anytime except winter or they can be started indoors for earlier blooms. Space the plants 8-16 inches apart depending on the variety. The plants will spread out and become bushy. Water deeply and regularly, especially in hot weather. It can be grown in an informal border on the ground or in pots in a equal mixture of sand, soil and compost. Mulching (spreading a mixture of wet leaves to enrich the soil) between plants will help to conserve moisture. If given an early start, they will bloom throughout summer and autumn.Care
Marigolds does not need specific care. They are rarely disturbed by insects or diseases and can tolerate dry conditions and full sun. Pinch young plants to promote bushy growth. Deadheading of spent flowers and faded leaves greatly enhances the plant's appearance during flowering. If growing as cut flowers, pinch out terminal buds to encourage laterals. Water well during dry weather. The plant can be kept indoor during heavy rains as too much water will wilt the plant.
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