How to grow Mexican marigold

Mexican marigold growing herbaceous of the genus Tagetes also known as Tagetes erecta or Aztec marigold, Mexican marigold perennial evergreen or annual plant, mostly as ornamental plant but the plant edible and also used for medical or as pests repelant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 3+ as annual and hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial

Leaves color green in linear shape the structure odd pinnate, the edges serrated.

Mexican marigold flower

Flower color yellow, orange, white-cream, full bloom fragrance and edible.

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Requirements for growing Mexican marigold plant care:

Well-drained soil, moist soil when it’s young

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seedling / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Allelopathy

Planting season:
Spring to summer, in hardiness zone 11+ possible to start also in autumn (if grown as perennial if as annual will be shorter season, hardiness zone 10b+ better to sow it in the end of the winter

Pests and diseases:
Mites

Repellant pests:
This plant effective against nematodes and good to plant it next to plants that sensitive to nematodes like passion fruits

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
Prune dead flower

Size of the plant?
20-80 cm, 8-32 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, when grow it in desert or a place with hot summer need less sun 80% and possible also to grow in half shade

Is it possible to grow indoor?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Yellow, orange, white-cream flowers, full bloom fragrance and edible

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

Harvesting flowers:
2-3 months after planting, when the plants have fully developed head, harvest in the base they are considered as mature and it’s time to harvest, in order to harvest need tall cultivar, possible also small to harvest but it’s just harder and less impressive

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Mexican marigold seed can be sown in the soil before the last expected frosts. The germination will takes place in 15 days. It will requires 1.5 to 2 months to bloom. Direct sowing eliminates transplanting issues. You can also plant seedling from pots to the ground in the spring in single or double rows

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry & dark location

Sowing season:
Spring / Summer (for annual better in spring) and even to start indoor in the end of the winter

Planting spacing:
20*30cm as annual in small

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5 inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil in sunny location

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
1-3 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil, don’t let it dry until establish, sunny location

Uses of the plants

Uses of the leaves – digestive problems, coughs, sore eyes and colds.

Uses of the roots – laxative.

Uses of the flower – used as a flavor component and as a yellow-orange colorant as mosquito repellent and as essential oil (contains antioxidants against maggots)

Scientific name:

Tagetes erecta

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