Marigold Care Guide
Marigolds can help brighten up just about any space. From their soft sunny yellows to rich vibrant reds. The annual plant can help bring in summer, and keep out pests. One of the benefits to having this flower is it repels insects fairly well. You can outline your house, or your garden with this flower in combination with other helpful plants to create a natural barrier. But how do you take care of the Marigold?
This flower needs around six hours of direct sunlight. Full sun for sure, however the plant can tolerate partial sun too. The reason why they need this much light is because of where they come from. The Marigold comes from parts of Central America, and Mexico. A hot environment is best for these plants, and may not do great where it may be cooler. This is why the more direct sun, the better your flowers will do, as the sun will give the needed warmth.
A soil with good drainage is needed. When watering you will want to make sure to water the base of the plant, and not on the flowers or leaves, as it could make them mushy, and lack a vibrant healthy look. Also water during the morning, this will allow water that may splash onto leaves to be evaporated gently before the direct sun comes out. Water about twice a week, or as needed depending on the humidity of the area you live in.
Marigold need a rich soil, that isn’t too acidic. Don’t let the ph of your soil go under 5.8. This can cause growing problems for the plant. If you need help check the ph of your soil, check out this guide. Also as I had mentioned before make sure that your soil has good drainage.
Insects/pests that are repelled/attracted.
I had mentioned earlier that Marigolds repel insects. The plant can also attract some pests that you may not want in your garden. The plant has been known to repel white flies, bad nematodes, mosquitos, cabbage worms, and others. Different types of marigolds will repel different insects. So make sure you do a little extra research on exactly what kind of pest you want to repel for best results.
The downside, is some of these flowers are actual a food source for some major garden pests. Such as Japanese Beatles, some slugs, and even some rabbits. Make sure you weigh out the pros and cons of your planting.
For the best results I would suggest planting a variety of Marigold. This will keep many different pests away, and may just save your garden this year. Do you have any types of plants that you use to repel different types of pests? Or perhaps you have another type that you like to just pop some color into your garden, or around your house. Let us know by posting in the comments below.