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African Marigold     

Tagetes erecta

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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.

How to grow African Marigold

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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.

Growing African Marigold from seed

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 .

Transplanting African Marigold

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as African Marigold is a half hardy plant.

Seed Saving African Marigold

Seed viability is five years.

How long does African Marigold take to grow?

These estimates for how long African Marigold takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take African Marigold to germinate?
5 days

Average 5 days | Min 1 days | Max 16 days (107)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out African Marigold?
+ 13 days

Average 13 days | Min 13 days | Max 13 days (1)

Days to Maturity How long until African Marigold is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 10 days

Average 10 days | Min 8 days | Max 16 days (2)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow African Marigold?
= 28 days

When should I plant African Marigold?

Our when to plant African Marigold estimates are relative to your last frost date.

Enter your frost dates and we'll calculate your sowing and planting dates for you!

When to sow The number of days to sow African Marigold before or after your last frost date.
49 days before Last Frost Date

African Marigold Folklore & Trivia

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.

Other names for African Marigold


Tagetes erecta L.

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