Plant Profile: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

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Plant Profile: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by Hamad Ahmed Kisana » July 16th, 2013, 8:41 pm

Botanical Name Tagetes patula
Family Asteraceae
Genus Tagetes
Specie patula
Local Name in Urdu جافری
Common Name Marigold, French Marigold
Life Cycle Annuals
Fragrant or Not No but foliage is aromatic
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) small annual plant
Height 6-12 in.
Spacing 3-6 in.
Flowering Months fall
Flower Color Scarlet (Dark Red)
Orange
Red-Orange
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow and bicolors
Growing Areas All Pakistan
Frost Tender yes
Exposure Full Sun
Soil pH tolerent
Propagation by seeds
Uses ornamental bedding plant,medicinal ,The plant is used in companion planting for many vegetable crops. Its root secretions are believed to kill nematodes in the soil and it is said to repel harmful insects, such as white flies on tomatoes
Other Details French marigolds comes in many varieties in colors from yellow and gold to orange and red. Flowers may be a single color or bi-colored in small single blooms to larger semi-double or double blooms. French marigolds (Tagetes patula) only grows to about 12 inches tall..Used mainly as an edging plant on herbaceous borders, it is a low-growing plant with flowers of blended red and yellow in most varieties. French marigolds are commonly planted in butterfly gardens as a nectar source.Deadhead to prolong flowering. Pinch to keep bushy.Marigolds thrive in any soil type as long as it drains well. These prolific bloomers make good container and window box plants. You can fill in flowerbeds or use French marigolds as edging for a flower garden. Because they're low-growing, French marigolds are versatile enough to line a pathway or walkway. A French marigold prefers full sun to bloom continuously. They will have far fewer blooms if you plant them in a partially shaded area. Space marigold plants about six to eight inches apart in all directions. This spacing allows the plants enough space to grow and fill the area between plants so there are no bare spots. French marigolds are hardy and are not bothered by most diseases and insects except in dry conditions. You can water marigolds from above with a garden hose to wash most pests away.
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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by Farhan Ahmed » July 16th, 2013, 9:51 pm

Frost hardy. Only pest it encountered with me is Spider mites otherwise disease and pest resistant
Marigolds should never be planted along legume family (such as sweetpeas) as Marigold roots release an enzyme which restricts growth of legume family plants.
Drought tolerant
Benefits from dead heading.
Seeds surface sown perform better. Seeds come true, However the subsequent generation will have a taller plant. For F-1 planting distance 6-8 inches. For F-2 & so on about 1 Foot.

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by UMARKHANMARDAN » July 16th, 2013, 11:53 pm

One of my most favorite annual group.Only spider mites are the big threat.In some areas slugs also damage this beautiful annual.What i like is that it flowers in those months when you don,t have so many other annuals to flower in your garden.

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by farah fayyaz » November 26th, 2013, 9:50 pm

Can its seeds be grown in late november?

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by Tahir Khan » November 27th, 2013, 7:31 am

Yes Miss Farah you can plant the seeds now... flowering will be delayed till early spring i.e. February.

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by farah fayyaz » November 27th, 2013, 10:34 pm

ok mr. tahir. thanks.

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by Mustansir Billah » November 27th, 2013, 11:21 pm

Such beauties. Are they Hybrid or are naturally present?

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by riaz » January 29th, 2014, 3:59 pm

What is the ending month for these beauties in Karachi?
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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by Izhar » January 29th, 2014, 4:59 pm

They bloom whole year except for hottest period...

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Re: Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Post by riaz » January 29th, 2014, 5:19 pm

Izhar wrote:They bloom whole year except for hottest period...
Thanks, this is great news for me, because most of my Marigolds are preparing to bloom...
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