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Marigold Starfire Mix

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Starfire Mix marigolds, along with their relatives of the Tagetes genus, are annual plants native to Mexico and Central America, popular for their delicate, tiny, single, golden-to-orange flowers, lacy foliage and dwarf habit. There are many reasons why marigolds are used widely as an old-fashioned bedding plant: They are hardy and easy to grow – a leading companion plant that repels pests, and their flowers and leaves have a superb citrusy flavour. Beyond being a common decorative plant, one of the most striking uses for the plant is in ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations in Mexico, where they are called Flores de Muerto.


  • LATIN NAME
    Tagetes tenuifolia
    SEEDS
    300 seeds
    NAME
    Marigold
    VARIETY
    Starfire Mix
    SHORT DESCRIPTION
    A brilliant, old-fashioned flower that enhances joy and life
    PLANT SIZE
    Height 30 cm
    Width 30 cm
    CONTAINER SIZE
    Height 20 cm
    Width 20 cm
    COMPANION PLANT
    Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, melons.
  • SOWING
    Indoor Not required
    Outdoor Apr-June
    TIMING
    Germination 5-15 days
    Harvesting 70 days
    SPACING
    When sowing 5 cm; Depth 0,5 cm
    When thinning 10 cm
    GROWING
    Sunligth Full sun to partial shade
    Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil
    Watering Regular, abundant watering
    Feeding Light feeder
    CARING
    Expert tip Pinch the tops of the plants to encourage bushier plants and deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering. Water well in dry heat, but allow the soil to dry between waterings.
    SUPPORTING
    Pollinators Attracts bees and butterflies
    Pests Repels whiteflies, nematodes and mosquitoes
  • HARVESTING
    Harvest marigold flowers as they open in late morning for garlands, cut flowers and edible uses. Marigolds are easy to dry and store for later use. Spread the flowers on a screen to dry in a well-ventilated, shady location and store in glass jars.
    EATING
    Medicinal properties They are used as a remedy for snakebites and bruises in Central and South America. How to eat Marigolds are eaten as petals or leaves, raw or blanched, fresh or dry, sweet or savoury, in salads, cakes and teas. They also add a rich colour to stews, sauces and soups, including classic marigold cheese soup in the U.S.



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