Marigold is an annual ornamental plant that stands out for its rich, prolonged flowering that starts in spring and can last until the beginning of winter. A native of Mexico, marigold is grown in flower beds and pots for its lovely yellow, orange and tile flowers. If we rub the marigold foliage with our hand, it gives off a characteristic not so pleasant smell. Marigolds thrive in locations with constant sunlight, although they can also adapt to relatively semi-shady locations. They are planted in all soils, although they show richer flowering in fertile soils, enriched with compost and manure. When potting marigolds, use general-purpose potting soil and ensure good drainage by placing a layer of gravel or pebbles in the base of the pot or planter.
Marigold has no special requirements for watering, except during the hot and dry period of summer and during its transplanting. About fertilizing marigolds, we add a complete fertilizer in mid-spring and early summer when it is planted in the ground. If planted in a pot, we add liquid flowering fertilizer, once a month, from spring to autumn. It is important to cut the marigold flowers when they begin to wither, in order to induce new profuse flowering. Marigold propagation is very easy with seeds.