French marigold is a plant that exhibits very beautiful flowers during the summer.
French marigold key facts
Name – Tagetes
Family – Asteraceae
Type – annual
Height – 8 to 36 inches (20 to 90 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Flowering – May to September.
This plant is also often planted in the vegetable patch to fight aphids or nematodes. Planting and care are important to enhance blooming.
Planting French marigold
The planting is an important step, because it determines how the plant will grow and the expected blooming of the French marigold.
- Planting of French marigolds purchased in containers (pots sold in the horticulture stores) usually starts during the month of April to May.
Mix the earth from your garden with special flower plant soil mix and keep a distance of around 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) between plants.
- If sowing from seed,, start with sowing in a sheltered place during February-March and transfer to a larger pot once in April before setting it in place during the month of May.
- Settle your French marigolds in the middle of your vegetable patch to fight against nematodes, near tomatoes or near roses to fight against aphids.
Pruning and caring for French marigold
Easy to care for, French marigolds are plants that require very little care, especially when already well settled in.
- To stimulate budding of new flowers, eliminate wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).
- Water in case of strong heat or, for potted French marigolds, as soon as the surface soil is dry.
All there is to know about French marigold
This is a plant with affirmed, striking flowers thanks to their size of course, but also thanks to the stark powerful colors that mark a contrast with their green leaves or those of other plants in your garden.
Special tip about French marigold
French marigold make great additions to flower bouquets.
Just take a few stems and pair them with greens from the garden, and the impact is guaranteed!
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Cover of French marigold by Bishnu Sarangi under Pixabay license
Big round bloom by skeeze under Pixabay license
Side view by Daniela under © CC BY-SA 2.0