Petite Mix Marigold Guide
Not only are the flowers akin to a burst of sunshine, but Marigolds make many pleasurable positives possible. The roots and stem of the plant emit a chemical that repels nematodes, while the flowers attract beneficial bugs such as ladybugs and the like to combat aphids and other pests. Plant them near tomatoes to protect against hornworms, or by cabbage to fend off cabbageworms. Aside from being boastfully beneficial in the garden, these amazing annuals have edible flowers! Sure to make any salad pop, don’t miss out on this wonderful garnish!
Petite marigolds grow best in cooler and warmer weather between 55°F-80°F. They do great in containers and small gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends direct seeding.
If Direct Seeding
- Direct seed outside 3-4 weeks after last frost date; or
- Direct seed into a container 8-10 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 55°F-80°F; or
Begin the growing season early and start the marigold flower seeds indoors in trays or pods 6 weeks before the last frost date; clingwrap the container to seal in the warmth. Germination is best and fastest between 65°F-90°F. It can be transplanted outside 10 weeks later.
Sow marigold seeds 1/8th of an inch deep and 8-12 inches apart, with rows spaced 8-10 inches apart. Germination will take 5-10 days.
Petite Mix marigold does well in any type of soil but likes well-draining, soil free of weeds. They also like full sun and regular watering for the first 6 weeks. Once established, let the soil dry out fully between watering. Check the top 3-4 inches of soil and if it is dry, then water it.
Use slow release 11-40-6 granular fertilizer or all-purpose 15-15-15 fertilizer but it is not a requirement.
Petite mix marigolds are full grown in 45-50 days. Cut the blooms for a pop of color in your home or keep them in the garden to repel harmful insects such as whiteflies and nematodes. Deadheading will encourage continued growth.
Powdery mildew – ensure air circulation and well-draining soil
*Companion plant marigolds in your garden or containers to deter nematodes, cabbageworms, and hornworms. They have the added benefit of attracting beneficial insects. *