Marigold, French Petite (Tagetes patula), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Annual. 50 days to flowers.
A mixed strain of small, bushy plants as pictured–flowers are cheerily orange, yellow and/or mottled with red. Native to Mexico and Guatemala. Protect from frost. Foliage and flowers are potently aromatic. Herbal usage (TWM): digestive, diuretic, sedative, common cold, rheumatic pain. French Marigolds are a great companion plant in the garden, as their roots secrete nematocidal thiophenes into the soil. Due to this antiseptic activity, French Marigolds deter mycorrhizal associations, and thus are poor companions for leguminous crops (Astragalus, Beans, Clover) but are excellent companions for root crops such as Radishes, Beets, Onions, and Carrots. Marigolds do well in regular garden soil and tolerate poor soil and clay. They are easy to start indoors in pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Once transplanted to larger pots or to the garden, they will quickly flower, and the spent flower heads may be picked off to extend the blossoming period. The seeds may also be effectively sown in the spring garden. Germination is usually rapid. Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart. We normally set these at the start of our rows. They are small enough not to compete for resources, but big enough to exert their insecticidal influence.
30 seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown
Sasha Kellner (verified owner) –
The seeds all came up and were growing beautifully until the slugs ate nearly all of them! I had started many close together in one pot so I think the seedlings were sending stress signals of too-close quarters: any that I separated from the clump and potted up into their own larger pot are healthy and huge in the hoop house, already, in early May.
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Admin Richo Cech –
This was the first plant I ever saved seed from. I was four, and marigolds were growing near our front door. I broke open one of the dead heads to find the surprisingly black and vital seeds, and asked my mom if they would make more marigolds if I planted them. In her wisdom, she said “Yes.”
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An we make tea out of these?
Richo Cech –
Generally these are interplanted with other crops to help protect them from all kinds of insect pests. the flowers are also made into an oil infusion for imparting an orange color to salves.