Tagetes patula, known as French marigolds, originally come from Latin America and will bloom in your garden all summer!
Common name : French marigold
Scientific name : Tagetes patula
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Annual
As a very floriferous annual, there are many varieties including dwarfs, or those much larger! The foliage doesn't have a great smell, but it is easy to grow. It's a dye plant that can also be used as green fertilizer.
Sowing & planting
20 - 90
6 - 7
Identify my marigold
The marigold — or Tagetes — is actually from Latin American, not India, and has multiple varieties. It's an annual with a lot of impact, thanks to the size and vivid colors of the flowers. Marigolds can be used to fight again a good number of insects, including aphids and whiteflies — their strong scent is a natural repellant for garden parasites. Don't confuse it with Chinese dianthus or Sweet William dianthus!
Sow my marigold
Sow marigolds under shelter starting in February-March.
Fill a seed tray with a mixture of potting soil and river sand, then tamp the top soil flat with your hands. Marigold seeds are long and easy to hand — take advantage of this to space them out properly! Cover each seed delicately with a few millimeters of soil mix. Finish by water with a fine mist to completely wet the soil.
Repot my marigold
Transplant seedlings sown inside during April in pots: you can put them in open soil after the last frost!
Dibble my marigold
Transplant indoor seedlings during April into small pots — you can plant these once the last frost has passed!
Plant my marigold
Plant small, potted marigolds starting in April-May in ordinary soil enriched with a bit of potting soil, in the sun.
You can plant them in the middle of your vegetable garden to fight roundworms, or near tomatoes or rose bushes to fight aphids!
Check on my marigold
Snails and slugs love marigolds, so wait until your plants are sufficiently large to plant them in open soil, and use beer or flour traps to attract the pests.
Prune my marigold
Get rid of wilted leaves as needed in order to stimulate new flower growth and to avoid stressing the plant.
Water my marigold
Water your marigolds regularly for the first few weeks after sowing or transplanting, in case of prolonged dryness, or if the soil is noticeably dry in a pot. Don't water excessively as this may cause the roots to rot.