|Common Name||African Marigold (Yellow), Zendu, Marigold, Genda, Zandu,|
|Maximum Reachable Height||up to 60 to 90 centimetre|
Planting And Care
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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.
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
- It is used as the edge plant or bed plant or in pot culture
- 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
- 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