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Tagetes erecta, African Marigold (Yellow)

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Description

Marigold has gained popularity amongst gardeners and flower dealers on account of its easy culture and wide adaptability.

What makes it special:

  • One of the best attractive flowering plants.
  • Low maintenance and fragrant flower plant.
  • The perfect plant for edge or flower bed or pot culture purpose.

African marigold is botanically known as Tagetes erecta with upright growth habit with a medium texture. 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.

Indian cultures used as a medicinal herb as well as a dye for fabrics, foods and cosmetics. The petals added to dishes as a garnish. They can be easily cultivated, are widely adaptable to varying soils and climatic conditions and have a good flowering duration. This bushy plant with around 20 to 30 species have a long flowering period and the colours range from orange, yellow, gold, cream to apricot. They are very much used in making garlands. Make excellent beds and pot decorations

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Description

Common Name African Marigold (Yellow), Zendu, Marigold, Genda, Zandu,
Maximum Reachable Height up to 60 to 90 centimetre
Flower Colour Yellow
Bloom Time Oct-Feb
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting And Care

 

Refer our Garden Guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.

 

Light Requirement

At least 3-6 hours of preferably morning sunlight a day is ideal for the plant to grow well and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.

Soil The soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plant.

Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Apply 3 cups (Approx. 150 ml) water when topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.

As a rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.

Do not over-water the plant.

Apply water preferably in morning or evening.

Application of Fertilizer Loosens the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).

Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

 

Re-pottingWhen a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.

Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in a shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition.

How to re-pot a plant

Plant Protection Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and dispose them away from the planting area.

Spray Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.

Don’ts Do not overwater the plant especially when the pot does not have drainage holes.

Avoid applying water on flowers and leaves it may cause fungus infection.
African Marigold Care
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light.

Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Apply 3 cups (Approx. 150 ml ) water when topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.

Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

 

Key requirements to keep the plant healthy:

Sunlight Natural direct 3-6 hours of morning sunlight and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.
Watering Apply 3 cups (Approx. 150 ml ) water when topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.
Soil Soil should be well-drain and fertile, rich in organic content.
Temperature 25 to 30 degree Celsius
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).

African Marigold Special Feature

Due to its dwarf height and colourful flower marigold is especially useful for decoration and included in landscape plans. Flowers are single to fully double and large-sized with globular heads. Flower varies from lemon yellow to yellow, golden yellow or orange

African Marigold Uses

Ornamental Use:

  • It is used as the edge plant or bed plant or in pot culture

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
  • Note: Use only after consulting the specialist

Culinary Use:

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

 

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