Marigold flowers have long been an integral component of gardens, particularly vegetable ones where their orange and yellow hues help deter insects like nematodes from damaging vegetables. Now available in multiple varieties – open pollinated heirloom and hybrid ones alike – we stock classic French marigolds as well as African marigolds for bulk sale allowing you to find exactly the ones for your garden!
Marigolds thrive throughout most USDA zones and typically flower from spring until first frost in October or November, typically starting to flower between spring and early October or November. Marigolds are highly heat tolerant, easily withstanding intense summer sunshine without issue; should it become too much, however, some shade would help preserve their vibrancy (The Old Farmers Almanac).
Marigolds are easy to grow and care for, requiring minimal attention or water and are resistant to most pests with the exception of spider mites and aphids which should be easily eradicated with a blast from a garden hose or spray-on fungicide if they persist. Otherwise, these low maintenance flowers require no specific nutrients for optimal growth.
Marigolds can be harvested fresh for use in bouquets, offering both mild flavor and pleasant fragrance. Dried Marigolds should be hung upside-down in a cool, dark area for two to three weeks until fully dry before placing them back into their containers for storage. According to The Old Farmers Almanac, they’ve also been found useful as repellents against cabbage worms and deer; planting Marigolds near tomato plants as an effective companion plant is said to deter both through their pungent aroma.
If you’re keen on trying your luck at cultivating marigolds from seeds, the process is relatively straightforward. To achieve consistent results, start with quality marigold seeds from online garden centers or your local plant nursery, sow indoors two months before your average last frost date or directly into your garden after any risk of frost has subsided.
Instead of starting from seed, cuttings may provide a simpler option for growing marigolds in your garden. Simply remove dried flower heads from mature marigolds and pull away their leaves until you reach their roots. Use moistened mixture of sand, peat and perlite to form small cup-like structures into which each stem end of each cut stem can be placed – giving your marigolds an early head start! They’ll be ready for planting as soon as the weather warms up.
Marigolds are an ideal solution for gardeners struggling with soil conditions. Their only specific nutrient need is potassium, which can be met by fertilizing with all-purpose liquid fertilizer or adding some sphagnum moss as an additional source.