African Marigold is part of the Tagetes genus. Its scientific name is Tagetes erecta.
Mexican (or African) Marigold. Long bloom period – all through spring, summer and autumn. Daisy-like or double, carnation-like flowerheads and are produced singly or in clusters 1.
Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Orange peel and Canary yellow and Burnt orange. Leaves appear approximately as a British racing green
It is an edible flower / ornamental that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year.
African Marigold is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 20.0 cm (7.8 inches). This plant tends to bloom in late spring.
This plant is a great attractor for bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife African Marigold is a great choice.
Mexico is believed to be where African Marigold originates from.
African Marigold is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about African Marigold have been kindly provided by our members.
Likes moderately fertile, well-drained soil and lots of sunshine 1. If the spent blossoms are deadheaded, the plants will continue to bloom profusely. Do not fertilize marigolds. Too rich a diet stimulates lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Marigolds bloom better and more profusely in poor soil 1.
Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that African Marigold is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.
See our list of companion Plants for African Marigold to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Sow them directly into the garden once the soil is warm, or start seeds indoors about a month to 6 weeks before the last spring-frost date 1.Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.23 inches (0.6 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing African Marigold about 49 days before your last frost date .
Seed viability is five years.
These estimates for how long African Marigold takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 5 days | Min 1 days | Max 16 days (107)
Average 13 days | Min 13 days | Max 13 days (1)
Average 10 days | Min 8 days | Max 16 days (2)
Our when to plant African Marigold estimates are relative to your last frost date.
The bright petals of signet marigolds add color and a spicy tang to salads and other summer dishes 1. The flower petals are sometimes cooked with rice to impart the color (but unfortunately not the flavor) of saffron 1.
For years, farmers have included the open-pollinated African marigold ‘Crackerjack’ in chicken feed to make egg yolks a darker yellow 1.
In the late 1960s, Burpee president David Burpee launched an energetic campaign to have marigolds named the national flower, but in the end, roses won out 1.
Tagetes erecta L.
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