Care for French marigolds
Rejected marigolds are hardy plants that need minimal care. In order for the bushes to have dense foliage and lush long-term flowering, they will need watering, fertilizing and weeding.
Plants need a loose, fertile soil with a neutral pH level. It is possible to improve its structure by adding peat and sand. Adding mineral fertilizers enriches the soil with the necessary trace elements. The planting location depends on the height of the Bush. French marigolds include medium and low-growing varieties. It is planted in the center of flowerbeds, along borders, in garden boxes, large pots.
Marigolds come from warm Sunny countries, so they do not tolerate cold and like good lighting. The best place for them is a Sunny area, although they develop well in a small shade. If there is insufficient light, flowering is postponed, the inflorescences become smaller in diameter.
If you feed French marigolds with mineral fertilizer before flowering, the inflorescences will be larger and brightly colored.
Irrigation french marigolds flowers
Young seedlings need regular watering, to set the green mass and bookmark large buds, you need a sufficient amount of moisture. Since July, watering is reduced, plants are better able to tolerate drought than excessive moisture.
Attention. In the absence of drainage, heavy rains and stagnant water can cause fungal diseases of the root system.
Cultivation of french marigolds flowers rejected
There are two ways to plant rejected marigolds:
sowing in the open ground;
the cultivation of seedlings with the subsequent transfer.
Both methods allow you to decorate your site with bright colors, but in the first case, their appearance will have to wait until mid-summer.
Attention. The optimal temperature for young seedlings is 20-22°. At 10°, the development of color stops, negative temperatures destroy french marigolds flowers.
Planting marigolds in the open ground
French marigolds rejected Terry varieties are planted in the open ground can not be earlier than May. By this time, the frosts that are dangerous for sprouts are gone.
Seeds are evenly distributed along the grooves up to 5 cm deep and watered copiously. Seedlings will appear in 7 to 10 days.
Information. For the first landing, the material is purchased in a specialized store. Then you can collect seeds from your flowers.
Propagation of French marigolds flowers by seeds
French marigolds seedlings start growing in March or April. French marigolds bloom early, 40 days after the appearance of sprouts. The substrate for seedlings consists of several components:
It turns out a loose and light soil in which seeds quickly germinate. The container must have holes to drain excess water. At the bottom of the container, a layer of drainage from small crushed stone or expanded clay is necessarily poured. For disinfection, the soil is spilled with a solution of fungicide or manganese. At a distance of 2 cm from each other, several grooves are made up to 1.5 cm deep. the Seed material is distributed along the groove and covered with soil. Watering is done carefully, so as not to wash out the crops. The top of the container is covered with a film.
It is not necessary to make furrows under the seeds of French marigolds, it is enough to spread them on the surface and sprinkle with soil.
The optimal temperature for germination is 22-25°. Under these conditions, seedlings are shown in 3-4 days. After 14 days, the seedlings dive. In early June, they are planted in a permanent place. Depending on the height of the plants between the seedlings to leave a distance of 15-25 cm Watering is required. Periodically, the soil is loosened, weeds are weeded. Timely removal of wilted inflorescences will help to prolong flowering and maintain a decorative appearance.
Marigolds garden benefits
Due to the beauty and long-lasting flowering of rejected marigolds, they are often chosen for the decorative design of parks, gardens, terraces, and balconies. The unusual smell of flowers helps protect vegetables in the garden from a large number of pests. The roots of the plant secrete a chemical that repels nematodes. The leaves and inflorescences contain an essential oil that has an antiseptic and antimicrobial effect.