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Many of the tagetes family are too dwarf, pert and prissy for me, but not this one, standing 18 inches tall with an endless production of mahogany crimson cut flowers, which are also edible.

This is a companion plant par excellence for under-planting tomatoes or cucumbers in the greenhouse, to keep them aphid-free. It’s tall, but not too tall and elegant not dumpy. A much-loved multi-purpose plant.

Genus Tagetes
Group/Species patula
Variety Konstance
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name African Marigold, French Marigold
Border Position Container Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented foliage
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 Feed and water marigold plants regularly, particularly during hot, dry periods. Regular picking or deadheading will encourage further production of blooms throughout the summer.
Flowering July – October (or December in our greenhouse, used as a companion plant)
Vase Life Sear stem ends in boiling water for 10 seconds.
Cooking Notes Edible flowers – ideal for decorating salads and puddings. Harvest and use straight away or store in a Tupperware box or plastic bag in the fridge but take care not to bruise them.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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