Having Orange flowers that can be used in salads. Pot marigold a well known plant, the petals can add orange colour to rice and other dishes, the petals have a delicate taste. A good companion plant to grow alongside tomatoes, cucumber and asparagus.
Sow Pot Marigold seed in spring for late summer flowering or autumn for early flowering the following year.
Sow seed in shallow drills or scatter seed and rake in . The seed is large so can easily be spaced apart to eliminate the need for thinning
If thinning is required - thin to at least 45cm apart
Grow on in well drained soil in partial shade to full sun – tolerates poor soils
Flowers appear from Summer to early autumn. Height 12-28 ins (30-70cm), Spread 12-28 ins (30-45cm).
Don't get these marigolds mixed up with African marigolds (Tagetes), which are neither medicinally important or edible. Pot Marigolds have very soft leaves and butter-coloured flowers that may be yellow to orange and some are double
Ideal plant for a wildlife garden - They are very attractive to insects, especially butterflies that visit to drink nectar.
Seeds itself readily – remember to pick seeds heads if you don’t want it to self seed
Companion planting Pot Marigold makes an ideal companion plant for Tomato ,cucumber and asparagus plants as it helps repel: Tomato Worm, Asparagus Beetles, Whitefly