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Marigolds are a type of plant in the sunflower family. With many different species, marigolds can vary significantly from one another, with some as small as 10 cm in height and other that grow up to 2.2 meters tall. Flowers naturally occur in gold, orange, yellow, and white, often with darker red or maroon highlights. Marigolds are a great choice for a beginner garden as they are both beautiful to look at and easy to grow. They are tolerant of many different soil conditions as long as there is good drainage.
Water marigolds deeply, but let the soil dry out between each watering. Water when the top 1″ of the soil is dry to the touch, watering from the base if you can, to keep leaves dry and prevent disease.
Where Can I Grow It?
Marigolds are one of the most beginner-friendly flowers to grow, so if you are just getting started with gardening marigolds are a great choice (kids love growing them too)! Marigolds come in many cheery shades from yellow, to orange, to red. They are a great choice as they are known to bloom all summer long and into the autumn.
Marigolds are one of the best plants to have in your garden for repelling a variety of pests. Veteran gardeners will often tell you to plant them everywhere in your garden, as they produce a chemical in their roots that acts as a very strong pesticide. Marigolds are therefore a beneficial companion to most plants, but are especially helpful to tomatoes, peppers, roses, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, alliums (such as green onions, garlic and chives), and brassicas (such as broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage).