Learning How to Grow Marigolds Successfully
A great way to bring life to your garden is by installing plants that have colorful blooms, Have you ever seen a garden with nothing but green what were your thoughts? there is just something about including flowering plants in a garden. The burst of colors is really awesome and puts you in a more peaceful and relaxed state of mind.
Garden flowering plants do have their place, I have worked on many garden projects apart from maintaining them and one plant which I have worked with on many designs was the marigold. These plants are a real beauty with their bright colors that can soften up a garden area giving that WOW.
In this article, we will be looking at the growth and care of marigolds along with the many benefits from a medical standpoint.
If you are deciding on installing a wildlife garden then one plant that you should consider is the marigold. These beauties will have your garden buzzing with butterflies. But how do I install and care for these garden beauties? I am so happy that you asked, below are instructions on having success with these plants.
When installing marigolds look for an area that gets lots of sunlight even though these plants can survive in partial shade.
The soil should be well-drained but can hold moisture also. Adding organics to the soil will help with this.
The soil should be somewhat moist and not waterlogged.
The use of a diluted liquid feed or quick-release fertilizer will keep your marigold looking great. Just the other day I was at one of the local plant nurseries to collect a few plant species marigolds being one of them and the nursery owner suggested to me and give me a small bag of osmocote saying this will also keep your marigolds blooming.
Garden insect pests of the marigolds
Garden insect pest of the marigold include.
The use of insecticidal soap or a strong spray of water will bring them under control. Before using insecticidal soap read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.
Diseases of marigolds
Watch out for this disease.
- Fungal Disease
Fungal disease is encouraged when marigolds are receiving too much water. To prevent this disease when watering don’t allow water to get on the leaves, ensure that the soil is well-drained for proper drainage, and keep the plant bed free of weeds.
Where to install marigolds
Here are just a few ideas on where to install marigolds.
1. Marigolds can be grouped and installed in a garden plant bed.
2. Can be planted in a group along a fenced area
3. Can be planted in a group along a walled area.
4. What about installing them in containers and placing the containers on either side of your front door entrance.
5. Plant them in containers and place the containers on your patio or porch area.
6. Install them alongside a garden walking pathway.
Container grown marigolds
Another great way to plant marigolds is with the use of containers when installing these garden beauties in containers ensure that the container is large enough to accommodate the amount of marigold which you are installing. Don’t crowd the container but allow some space for your marigold to grow and have proper air circulation.
The soil can be soil that drains well but holds sufficient water, adding organics or using organic soil mix is a great way to go. Fill the container just about to the top allowing a space of a few inches free of soil. This 6-8 inches of free space will allow the soil to remain in the container and not to run out of the container as you are watering your plant.
Water your marigolds until the water come out of the drain holes and don’t water again until the soil is somewhat dry to the touch, a great way to know if your marigold is in need of water is to stick your finger about 3 inches into the soil if the soil is dry then proceed in giving your plants water.
The container can as we discussed earlier be placed on a porch, patio, or some other area complimenting it. The container should be placed in an area that gets full to partial sun.
To keep your marigold looking is best it is important to deadhead your marigolds, deadheading involves the removal of spent or dead flowers. This removal of these spent flowers will not only have your marigolds looking great but will help in encouraging beautiful new blooms. With your fingers, you can remove the spent flowers by pinching or with the use of a pruner.
Continue to work with your marigold by removing flowers that are spent or maybe wilting which means you must keep a constant watch over your marigold to keep them looking great.
1. Marigolds are said to repel mosquitoes.
2. Marigolds attract bees and butterflies.
3. Suppress weeds by spreading a layer or two of mulch around your marigolds.
4. When watering marigolds water from the base of the plant.
5. Marigolds are known to thrive in poor soils.
Medical use of marigolds
Marigolds are garden beauties which have an is also being used for medical purposes. Some of these purposes include.
1. Marigolds are said to be able to relieve minor burns
2. These flowers are said to help detoxify the body.
3. Have been using in bringing relief to insect bites.
4. Marigolds are said to be used in the medical field because of their antioxidant content.
5. Has been medically used to fight fungal infections.
6. These plants are said to be used for cancer treatment.
7. Marigold is used in soothing the digestive tract.
There are so many more that can be added to this list but from what we have discussed marigolds are worth the investment.
The final word
Marigolds are amazing annuals that are worth having as a part of your garden plant design. These plants can really lighten up your garden area with their colorful bloom. I have seen first hand what they bring to the table and so can you, why not spice up your spring and summer garden with these beauties and reap the rewards of a garden that is fit for a king.