Basics

Ease of Growing
Easy
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
50-60 (Spring/Summer)
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Tender

These were originally tropical plants and don’t like cold weather or frost.

Crops
Spring Transplant, Summer
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Warm, Hot

This tropical plant grows naturally in zones 9 to 11, but can be grown in colder climates as an annual.

Outdoor Growing Temp
60°F - 95°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
60°F

Don’t plant out until soil is at least 60˚ F, preferably higher.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)

Marigolds need full sun for best growth. They won't grow nearly as well in part shade and flowering will be delayed.

Water
Low

Marigolds are somewhat drought tolerant, but flower best if the soil is slightly moist (not wet though).

Feeder
Light

Marigolds aren't very hungry plants and growing them in rich soil can actually result in lush growth at the expense of flowers.

Suitability
High heat
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

Marigold is well suited to container growing.

Attracts beneficial insects?
Yes
Color
-
Fruit Size
-"
Plant Height
12.0-16.0"
Plant Diameter
6.0-10.0"
Hardiness Zone
5-11
Disease Resistance
-
Taste Profile

Some cultivars have pleasant tasting flowers that are a nice addition to salads. Taste the flowers to see if they are worth eating.