Tagetes patula 'Linnaeus Burning Embers'

Grow this all around your tomatoes to protect against green and whitefly. It also makes a great cut flower. More
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A rich mahogany-crimson flower. A brilliant companion plant family, and great for picking too. Grow it all around your tomatoes to protect against green and whitefly. One of my favourite all-round garden plants.

Genus Tagetes
Group/Species patula
Variety Linnaeus Burning Embers
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name African Marigold
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow February to April indoors. Cover seeds lightly and place somewhere warm, germination should occur within 7 to 10 days. Prick out and pot seedlings on into individual pots. Gradually harden off before planting out after the last frosts. Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Care Tips Keep well dead-headed and these will last a long time.
Flowering May - first frosts, 10-12 weeks from sowing.
Vase Life 7 days. These make excellent cut or dried flowers.
Harvesting Flower production: 4 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Tagetes patula 'Linnaeus Burning Embers' reviews

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Reviewed 20th April 2020 by Simon

Overpriced, unhelpful and rude, I won’t be using them again.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Ms E Vizard-Williams

Nearly all of the seeds I planted came through, and they are now (July) flowering away on the allotment. I am unable to say whether or not they deter aphids and bugs from the tomatoes though, as I have no evidence for that.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Margaret

The seeds took quite a while to germinate and looked very spindly and unpromising as the spring was quite cold. I started them off in a tray & potted them on. I finally planted them near the tomatoes and they are wonderful. I’ll grow them every year from now on!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lyn

Always reliable, I plant these amongst my vegetables and in my little polytunnel next to the tomatoes. Masses of flowers that I cut and place on an outside table.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lesley

Prompt delivery. Good germinstion rate and loads of flowers.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Pip

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lesley

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diana

The plants were sturdy when they grew but there was not a high germination rate

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maralyn

Easy to propagate, good strong plants and virtually no failures. Fantastic!