Best Marigold To Grow At Home
Marigolds are the happy and bright flowers of summer. They are drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, and thrive in almost any soil or environmental conditions.
The easy-care plant comes in a wide range of bloom colors and plant sizes, plus they provide organic pest control for the yard and garden. It’s challenging to select the absolute best marigold to grow at home since they are all beautiful and beneficial in their way.
We will examine some of the general characteristics, growing habits, and benefits that marigolds offer, then narrow it down to a few of the best to grow at home.
Bloom Colors, Sizes, Petal Counts
When marigolds are mentioned, most people think of small orange blooming plants, but the plants can do far more than just that.
* Bloom colors include orange, yellow, gold, red, and mahogany. Some new marigold cultivars produce white, striped, and bi-color blooms.
* Bloom sizes range from the 1-inch produced by the Signet variety to the 5-inches produced by the African type.
* Petal counts on the blooms vary greatly and range from single petaled flowers with a total of 5-6 petals to the enormous African blooms with innumerable petals. The petal varieties are called single, double, and pom-pom. The petal styles are very evident, and all are equally popular.
Whatever your favorite variety of marigolds is, the plant can be counted on to produce blooms from spring until the first fall frost. If the plants are grown in containers and protected from frost, they will continue to bloom until the first hard freeze in winter.
If you are attracted to the color of Marigolds but not the shape, you can look at other orange flowers for inspiration.
Marigolds are continuous bloomers and always have colorful blooms that will produce seeds. If you have discovered the best marigold to grow at your home, harvest some of the seeds next year.
Allow a few flowerheads to remain on the plant until they are dry. Gently pick the dried flower heads from the plant and place them in a paper envelope. Do not use a plastic container. The flowerheads may still contain moisture, and if they are placed in plastic, the moisture will not evaporate the seeds will mold and not be viable. A paper envelop will allow any remaining water to evaporate and the seeds to dry out completely.
Dwarf marigolds reach a mature size of 6 inches tall and wide. African marigolds reach a mature height of 4 feet and spread out 2 feet. French marigolds fall in the middle and grow to be about 1 foot tall and 9 inches wide.
* Butterflies, bees, ladybugs, and other beneficial insects are very attracted to marigolds.
* Marigolds attract pollinators and provide them with a healthy meal.
* The flowers provide organic pest control and deter common garden pests like mosquitoes, tomato hornworm, cabbage worms.
* Cats, dogs, deer, and other small animals dislike the scent and taste of marigolds and will stay away from the area where the flower is growing.
* The plant germinates quickly from seeds and will bloom in 8 weeks.
There are well over 60 varieties of marigolds, but three are the most popular. These are the ones commonly found in garden centers and nurseries.
* French marigolds are compact annuals with double flowerheads up to 2 inches across.
* African marigolds are tall and produce very dense blooms that resemble pom-poms.
* Signet marigolds produce single petaled blooms and 1 inch in size. The flowers are edible and often used as a garnish for salads, pasta, and vegetable dishes.
The best marigold to grow at home is the one that you like best and what you need from the plant.