How To Grow Marigolds With Minimum Effort And Investment

I have to admit; growing flowers is something that relaxes me, and also brings me peace. Whether that be because of the less effort required to grow flowers than vegetables, or because of that beautiful visual impact, it doesn’t matter.

What is important is that I have decided to include some new varieties in my garden. Therefore, let me show you how to grow marigolds since they are very beginner friendly and have low maintenance.


What There Is To Know About Marigolds?


When I began reading about marigolds online a while back, I was overwhelmed with the number of articles and info about this flower. To help you avoid this, here are some things you need to know before deciding whether marigolds are for you.

  • Marigold is a broad term since there are two genera under this name, Calendula, and Tagetes. I’ll deal with the latter.
  • These flowers are native to the Northern hemisphere, from the United States to Asia
  • Its name, marigold came from English “Mary’s gold”, since many flowers from Calendula genus look like a golden coin
  • They can grow on almost any kind of soil and are very adjustable when it comes to conditions
  • Some of the species are edible but don’t risk it
  • Keeping pests away is what marigold does rather well
  • Colors represented on a flower can range from yellow, brown, orange, red or white, often with maroon shades

So, this is all you need to know about growing marigolds. Don’t be confused about that two genera that share the name. Both require similar growing conditions so that this article can be used for either case.

What Will Be Needed To Grow Marigolds?


As I said, the conditions for growing these flowers are essential, and the situation with tools and material is the same. Only basic things are needed, so if you have a garden, it is highly likely that you have these as well. On the other hand, if you are growing marigolds in a container, you will need just the pot.

So, needed things are:

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    Marigolds seed
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    A spade
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    Watering can
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    5-10-5 fertilizer (optional)

The absence of expensive tools and materials is what makes marigolds the first choice for beginners. Also, they are great for people who are still getting into the whole gardening thing.

How Should I Prepare?

How to prepare

Many of articles featured on my blog will instruct you to find a location with good drainage, specific sun coverage, etc. This is not required when you are planting marigolds. They can grow literally everywhere. 

When it comes to soil, these resistant little guys can endure even clay land, but just in case, make things easier for them, and infuse some manure or compost for a couple of weeks before sowing. As always, if you have trouble doing so, raised beds can help a lot.

Therefore, find a patch (or a stripe) of land you wish to plant marigolds at. Use a rake to break the top layer of it, and remove any rocks you find. The roots of these flowers are not strong, so any obstacles need to be cast aside.

Note that if you have added manure this time, there won’t be fertilizer required later. It would be too much, and the plant can get damaged. On the other hand, if you have regular kind of soil, fertilizer will be added while sowing the seeds.

As for sowing time, it depends on the variety you decided to grow. Since there are many varieties, it is best advised to follow the instructions, but let’s just say that American varieties are usually sown in spring, and French types are best planted during summer.

Is There Particular Sowing Procedure?


When it comes to seeding, the things are pretty straightforward. After the location is set, you just need to make holes where the seeds will be planted. Now, depending on variety, spacing can go from 8-10” for French varieties to 10” or more (usually 12”) for larger cultivars.

Now, you won’t plant them at this spacing. In the beginning, place one or two seeds per inch. Later, when they grow for about 2” you can thin them or reposition for better results. Also, add a bit of that fertilizer I have mentioned.

Right after planting the seed and covering it with soil, you should apply water generously. This will help the seed germinate faster, and on average, after a few days, there will be sprouts already. About eight weeks is the time when you can expect flowers to appear.

How Should I Maintain Marigolds And Are There Any Pests?

How to care

These two things are the absolute best when it comes to marigolds. The maintenance is ridiculously easy, and all it is needed is to look after weeds and water the plants. Now, to make things easier with weeds, apply mulch. It is fantastic in suppressing those harmful companions and will also retain moist.

Although some people might advise you to add fertilizer, don’t do this. Any kind of disturbance of nutrients can cause the foliage to progress much better at the expense of flowers. We need flowers big and vibrant, don’t we?

Let me delight you. Marigolds REPEL pests. Yup, you read that right. I have featured them in my article about pest control tips, as a manner of attracting beneficial bugs and predators, but it will also keep the pests away directly. The root system will keep nematodes away for whole three years. 

Even if you notice an aphid here and there, just knock it off with a water spray. Speaking of which, to avoid rotting, always apply water to the soil, not the foliage, and you will do fine.


In case that you had doubts earlier, I hope that this article about how to grow marigolds had eliminated them. As it is shown, this is ridiculously easy to maintain the plant, and if you haven’t already, I strongly suggest you include a batch or two in your garden.

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