The marigold plant is a brightly colored plant that is versatile with a variety of medicinal effects and benefits for repelling plant pests in the home.
Marigolds originate from Mexico, but this bright annual plant has become very popular and is grown in many countries around the world. Although this flower is prized primarily for its beauty, you may not have considered the many surprising benefits of marigolds.
The plant which has the Latin name Tagetes spp. It is often considered one of the most useful plants in your garden. In fact, marigolds have different functions in gardening, aesthetics, medicine, and cooking ingredients.
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Benefits of Marigold Plants
Launching from the Gardening Know How page, here are some of the benefits of marigold plants that you can see, especially for gardens or gardens at home.
1. To control nematodes
Marigold roots and stems secrete chemicals that can suppress populations of root-knot nematodes, tiny soil-borne worms that feed on the roots of ornamental plants and vegetables. It appears that the Tangerine variety of marigolds is most effective against destructive pests.
2. Attracts beneficial insects
Marigolds attract ladybugs, wasps, flies and other beneficial insects that protect the plant from aphids and other harmful pests. Blooms, especially single-flowered cultivars, also attract bees and other important pollinators.
3. Add variety to the landscape
Marigolds are available in bright orange, yellow, red, or even a combination. Flowers can grow singly or in doubles, and their size ranges from 15 centimeters to 1 meter. One of the many uses of marigolds is to add variety to the landscape.
4. Has easy maintenance
Mothers who want to keep these plants may not need to worry because they have simple care. This plant tolerates drought, sunlight, and almost any well-draining soil.
5. Protect cruciferous plants
If planted nearby, marigolds can protect cruciferous plants from cabbage worms, and tomato plants from hornworms, perhaps because their scent can confuse pests. Marigolds also make good companions when planted near green beans, chayote, cucumbers and eggplant.
How to Care for Marigold Plants
Quoting from The Spruce page, marigolds have very low maintenance once planted and are free from pests. Here are some steps you can take:
To get the most flowers and plants, plant marigolds in full sun. Shady conditions will cause the plant to become leggy and flower less abundantly.
Good garden soil will keep them thriving, as long as the soil is not too acidic. Keep the soil pH approximately neutral, from 6.0 to 7.0. They also don’t need soil rich in organic matter and seem to grow better in leaner soil.
When you first plant marigold seeds or plants, make sure the plants get regular water. Avoid leaving it in dry soil for more than a few days. If the weather is very hot and sunny, water the new plants every day.
Once the plant has had a few weeks to establish a good root system, it will become more drought tolerant, but it will still flower well if watered weekly.
4. Temperature and humidity
Marigolds are heat-loving plants and thrive in hot weather. Marigolds tolerate a wide range of humidity levels. Planting in full sun and allowing room for air flow is the right choice. This plant likes relatively dry air.
Marigolds do not need any additional fertilizer, unless the soil is very poor. The best thing you can do to keep it blooming is to cut the wilted flowers regularly.
So, those are some things you can know about marigold plants that can repel pests. Hopefully this is useful, yes, Mother.
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