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About French Marigold

In India marigold is one of the most commonly grown flowers and used extensively on religious and social functions in different forms. Flowers are sold in the market as loose or as garlands.

In India marigold is one of the most commonly grown flowers and used extensively on religious and social functions in different forms. Flowers are sold in the market as loose or as garlands. This plant was used in ancient Greek, Roman, Arab

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name African Marigold (Yellow),Zendu,Marigold, Genda,Zandu,Banthi Puuvu, Camanti,Chandu Hoovu,Ganda, French Marigold
Maximum Reachable Height 2 to 3 feet
Flower Colour Marigolds are available in a range of gold, maroon, yellow and orange shades.
Bloom Time Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care

  • Germination from large, easily handled seeds is rapid, and blooms should appear within a few weeks of sowing.
  • When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering, then water well, then repeat the process.
  • The densely double flower heads of the African marigolds tend to rot in wet weather.
  • Do not water marigolds from overhead.
  • Water at the base of the plant.
  • French Marigold care

    Sow them directly into the garden once the soil is warm, or start seeds indoors about a month to 6 weeks before the last spring-frost date.

    Sunlight Marigolds need lots of sunshine (at least six hours of direct sunlight) and do well with year round warm to hot weather
    Watering Water marigolds the first 10 to 12 days after transplanting bedding plants into the garden.
    Soil Though they grow in almost any soil, marigolds thrive in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
    Temperature Protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.
    Fertilizer Avoid fertilizing the plants. Marigolds thrive in poor soil and fertilizer often creates lush, rich foliage with few blooms.

    French Marigold special feature

    Due to its variable height and colour marigold is especially use for decoration and included in landscape plans.

    French Marigold uses

    Medicinal Use:

    • One of the health benefits of marigolds is that it is used in the treatment of minor burns when used in the form of ointments or a tincture
    • Health benefits and therapeutic uses of marigold flowers as well as the leaves of the marigold include it being beneficial in minimizing the number of tumors in the case of breast cancer as well as in the prevention of the development of new cancer cells
    • One of the medicinal uses of marigolds is that it promotes the growth of both new blood vessels as well as new skin tissue and hence it is used in the healing of wounds such as burns, scrapes as well as irritated skin

    Culinary Use:

    • The bright petals of signet marigolds add color and a spicy tang to salads and other summer dishes
    • The flower petals are sometimes cooked with rice to impart the color (but unfortunately not the flavor) of saffron

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are marigold perennials?

    It depends on the variety of the marigold, but most of the hybridized varieties of Marigold are perennials.

    How to grow marigold plant from flowers?

    Separate the petals from fully matured and dried flowers and these are used as seed for growing Marigold plant. To grow plant through seed consider the following points. 1. Use a pot having 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the pot with well drained soil. Sprinkle 4-6 seeds in pot and cover lightly by soil and apply water. 3. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in pot (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light. Seeds will germinate within a week. Note - For further details check the product description on

    What is marigold plant good for?

    Marigold is one of the popular flowering plants used for worship purposes. Apart from beauty, they are also known for their insect repellent and medicinal properties.

    How to grow marigold plant?

    Plant is grown by seeds and tip cuttings. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Sunlight- At least 4-6 hours of direct bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July). Note - For further details check the product description on

    When plant marigold seeds?

    You can plant Marigold seeds in January-February or in mid-September.

    Do marigold repel mosquitoes?

    Yes according to the study published by NYBG, Marigold repels mosquitoes.

    Do marigold plants keep mosquitoes away?

    Yes, Marigold keeps mosquitoes away.

    Is marigold plant perennial?

    It depends on the variety of the Marigold, but most of the hybridized varieties of Marigold are perennials.

    Do marigold plants grow every year?

    No, they dont grow every year but they may come back the following year due to self-seeding

    Is marigold a shrub?

    Yes Marigold is a shrub

    How many marigold plants per acre?

    Up to 15000 plants per acre

    Where to plant marigold?

    You can plant Marigold outdoor where morning bright light for 4-6 hours is available.

    Why are my marigold plant dying?

    The main reasons of dying Marigold are as follows 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation.

    How many marigold plants per pot?

    1 or 2 marigold plants should be in one pot.

    Why my marigold plant is not flowering?

    The most general reasons of not flowering plant are as follows. 1. Lack of proper nutrient (mainly Phosphorus). 2. Improper water and sunlight availability. Note - For further details check the product description on

    Does marigold plant reproduce?

    Yes, Marigold plant reproduces through seeds.

    How to plant marigold seeds in cups?

    Collect the dead seed heads from the marigold plants by cutting them from the plant with pruning shears or scissors. dry them up to 10 days. Separate the petals from flowers, Fill a plastic or paper cups with a good quality potting soil. Moisten the soil completely and allow the tray to drain. Spread the petals evenly in the propagation tray and add a thin layer of the soil on it. Cover the tray with a clear lid or clear plastic film. Set the tray in a warm place that receives bright light. Remove the tray lid or plastic film after most of the seeds have germinated.

    How long do marigold plants last?

    Marigold plant last up to one year or most of the hybrid varieties can grow more than one year also.

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