Organic Marigold (African) Seeds
FLOW-MARI-1-1Regular price $3.95
African Marigolds are a fantastic companion plant and their colour adds an amazing amount of cheer to the garden. They look great in a pot, interspersed in the vegetable garden, or as an ornamental border plant. This variety of Marigold is more drought tolerant than the French Marigold variety.
Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each Marigold seed packet contains approximately 100 seeds - plenty for a residential garden.
What are Marigolds (Tagetes var. erecta, Poor Man's Saffron, Pot Marigold)?
Marigolds are a vibrant yellow, orange or maroon edible flower that are native to America. They are so easy to grow that you can't go wrong.
African Marigold is a tall plant, growing to 80cm. This flower looks amazing when planted en masse in a tropical garden, in a potted apartment setting, or sprinkled in a cottage garden. They also happen to be the ideal companion plants - great for spots where you want to deter bugs, white fly and aphids.
Culinary Uses for Marigold (Poor Man's Saffron, Pot Marigold)
Marigold petals add a tangy taste and gorgeous colour to salads and are used in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. (Some people say the flavour is similar to Saffron - in fact Calendula and Pot Marigolds are sometimes called 'Poor Man's Saffron' for this reason.)
Growing Conditions for Marigold (Poor Man's Saffron, Pot Marigold)
Plant Marigolds in a sunny spot. They aren't fussy about soil type, but do best in free-draining sandy loam. Companion plant them with almost anything except Beans and Cabbage.
African Marigolds will survive wind and drought once established, although they aren't frost hardy. They grow best if watered deeply once a week, but are generally fairly hardy plants.
Climate and seasonal information - African Marigold
African Marigold will grow throughout New Zealand over summer. Sow Marigold from spring after the last frost. If you live in a warmer area, you should be able to plant African Marigold right up to early Autumn.
Growing Instructions - Marigold Seeds
- Direct sow or transplant: Early spring - early autumn
- Spacing: 15 cm apart
- Sowing depth: 2 cm
- Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy
- Germination: 7 - 10 days
- Harvest: 60 days from transplant.