How To Grow Marigolds – The Fiery Blooming Annual With Big Benefits! 

Marigolds thrive in direct sunlight, so choose a garden spot with 6-8 hours of it daily. Maintain well-draining soil to avoid waterlogging.  

Choose the Right Location 

Although not finicky, marigolds require well-drained, somewhat fertile soil. Add compost or old manure to hard, compacted soil to increase texture and fertility.  

Prepare the Soil 

Grow marigolds from seeds or transplants. Plant garden seeds right after the last frost. Start seedlings indoors 4-6 weeks before frost and transplant outdoors when soil warms.  

Sow or Transplan 

Space marigold seeds or transplants by variety. Space French marigolds 6-10 inches apart and African marigolds 10-12 inches apart.  

Spacing 

Maintain moist but not soggy soil, especially during germination. Marigolds need little watering during dry months once established.  

Watering 

Organic mulch like straw or shredded leaves around marigold plants helps preserve soil moisture, inhibit weeds, and regulate soil temperature.  

Mulching 

Marigolds are light feeders, but you can fertilize them once or twice a season using a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Avoid excessive nitrogen, which promotes foliage growth over flowers.  

Fertilization 

Pinching or scissorsing spent blooms regularly promotes continuing flowering. Deadheading shifts plant energy to bloom production rather than seed production.  

Deadheading 

Aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew can attack marigolds, although they are generally pest-resistant. Regularly inspect your plants and sprinkle with neem oil or insecticidal soap if needed.  

Pest and Disease Control 

Marigolds have several garden benefits besides their colorful blooms. Their powerful scent may prevent deer and rabbits, attract bees and butterflies, and repel nematodes.  

Enjoy the Benefits 

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