- Remove spent flowers to encourage further blooms.
- French Marigolds (T. patula) are known to be more effective than the African Marigolds (T. erecta) in attracting the root knot nematodes. These may help in control in the garden and vegetable patch.
- Plant Marigolds around the vegetable patch to encourage beneficial insects and bees to the garden and assist with repelling other insects such as the whitefly, cabbage butterfly and other pests.
- Flowers can be used in salads to create colour and texture.
- Kids love the bright yellow and orange colour of these flowers.
- There are two main varieties:
- French Marigolds – Tagetes patula
French Marigolds flowers are shapely but are flatter than their African counterparts and are relatively smaller in height reaching to about 40cm. Available in a variety of shades of yellow and orange
- African Marigold – T. erecta
Large pom pom like flowers in different shades of orange and yellow. Taller variety of marigold can reach up to 90 cm in height. There are compact cultivars available for those who prefer a smaller plant in their garden.