Marigolds are an easy-to-grow flower ideal for home flowerbeds or companion planting. . These annuals are available in a variety of brilliant shades, including white, gold, orange, red and shades of mixed colors. They are also available in sizes ranging from minature blossoms to giants!
Marigolds may be transplanted or grown from seed. They also work well in containers. Plant marigold seeds in early spring under 1/4 inch of soil. Water once and the seeds will germinate within a few days and produce flowers by mid-summer. If transplanting, add marigolds to your garden after your area’s last frost date. Space minis 4 to 6 inches apart and giants 1 to 2 feet apart.
Marigolds are tolerant of almost any soil condition but require full sunlight. Once they are established, they require minimal maintenance. Water when the soil is dry. You may also add mulch over the soil to keep weeds down and improve the garden appearance. Dead flowerbuds do not need to me removed, but you may choose to for aesthetic reasons.
They can stand up to a light frost, but cover appropriately if a heavy freeze is expected. The strong scent of marigolds keeps most insects away from the flowers or any neighboring plants. Plan a companion in vegetable gardens or mix with yellow and orange daylillies in flowerbeds.