What about it?
Marigold is a member of the Compositae Family, and therefore related
to the daisy. Marigolds have oil glands in their leaves that release
a distinctive odor when crushed. This odor also repels insects which
makes Marigold a popular garden plant. The American Marigold grows
up to 36" and has large (2-4) solitary heads of orange or yellow.
is it used for?
Marigold has a long blooming period that makes it one of the most
popular annuals. It is often used in nursery plantings to control
nematodes, or in gardens for companion planting strategies to repel
insects. Odorless varieties are available though and Marigolds are
seen as cut flowers, in bedding, or as a border plant.
does it grow? How do we grow it?
enjoys moist, fertile, well-drained soil and a spot in the full sun.
They should be spaced 12" apart. Remember to remove the old flower
are its primary problems?
Marigold is prone to botrytis blight, leaf spot, wilt and stem rot,
spider mites, and Japanese beetles.
we propagate it?
Seeds should be sown indoors 4-6 weeks before the last
frost or outside after the last frost.