Marigold Growing Guide

Marigold Growing Guide

Orange compact flowers. A great pollinator and beneficial insect attractor. A must grow companion flower variety for your garden, because its known to fight root nematodes and other diseases in the soil – even when the flowers are not in bloom. If growing only for flowers, sow them 3 months before you would like start harvesting flowers.

Sowing Style: Transplant from seed trays at true leaf stage. Plant them in a row or spread them all around the garden – they can reach 2-3 feet height.

Time to Sow: Monsoon, Autumn and Summer. Easy to grow all around the year except in freezing conditions, and it requires 6-8 hours of sunlight. Sow them 3-4 months before your festivals or special occasions so that you can make best use of their harvests.

Plant Spacing: 12-18”

Good Companions: Beans, Borage, Broccoli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gourds, Pumpkin & Squash, Potato, Tomato, Peppers, Watermelon, Apple Trees, Ginger, Turmeric.

Bad Companions: Cabbage

Soil and Cultivation Requirements: Low maintenance crop. Mostly self-seeds. Does not need too much water or rich soil to grow.

 Irrigation: Both drip and sprinkler irrigation works well. Does not need regular watering. Will do well with the other intercropped plants.

Harvesting and Storing: Harvest every few days as fresh flowers as soon as the plants start flowering. They can produce for 3-4 weeks. To make a liquid manure and pest repellant, collect a decent batch of fresh flowers and seep them in water for up to a month. Mix 1:10 with fresh water and spray near plants that have insect and root nematode issues.

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