Tagetes is the botanical name for Marigold
Tagetes Germination Information

Tagetes Seed Germination How to Sow Tagetes:

  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost at a temperature of 70-75°
  • Expect germination in 5-7 days
  • Start the African Marigolds indoors 2-3 weeks earlier than the French as they take longer to initiate flowering
  • Alternatively, sow seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has past
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Tagetes:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 6-18 inches apart in full sun

Soil: Site in a neutral to slightly alkaline, average, well-drained soil

Additional Care: Pinch to promote compactness and deadhead to prolong flowering. Taller types may need staking. Very tolerant of exposure, heat, and humidity, but will need supplemental watering during droughts

Appearance and Use:

Vigorous and floriferous summer-flowering plants to be used as filler in borders and containers, as bedding and edging, and for cut flowers. The green foliage is smooth textured, deeply cut in a fern-like manner, and pungent. Tagetes erecta, African Marigold, grows 3 feet tall with 2-5 inch, carnation-like, double-petaled, yellow-orange flower heads. Tagetes patula, French Marigold, is lower growing from 6-24 inches tall with 11/2-2 inch, single- or double-petaled flowers that are yellow or orange and often marked with red. Tagetes filifolia, Irish Lace, grows 6-12 inches tall with tiny, white flowers and foliage that is even more finely cut than the above two species


About Tagetes:
Pronunciation:  tå-je’tez
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Asteraceae, native to the Americas and Africas
Common Name: Marigold