Sunday, January 17, 2010

Marigold

Tagetes
A genus of mostly summer annuals that are popular for pest and disease resistance. Marigolds do not like waterlogged swampy soils. They are resistant to heat and drought, deer and wind. Marigolds in gardens are great for reducing soil nematode populations. Due to their soil nematode reducing properties, they are great for using in crop rotations where nematodes stay reduced for 3 years and often up to 85%.
Hardy zone 4 to 10 as summer annual, in full sun on fertile, well drainer soil.

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* photo taken on July 13 2010 in Columbia, MD

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Tagetes lemmonii
A fast growing, upright, shrubby, semi-evergreen perennial, reaching a maximum size of 8 x 10 feet.
The pinnately-compound leaves, up to 4 inches long are aromatic. The foliage is deep green.
The yellow flowers, up to 1 inch wide, are borne mostly during winter and spring in southern California; all year in tropical climates.
Hardy zones 8 to 11 ( evergreen to 25 F ) in full sun to partial shade on sandy, well drained soil.

Tagetes lucida
A fast growing, shrubby perennial, reaching up to 4 x 4 ( rarely over 3 x 3 ) feet.
The aromatic foliage is glossy mid-green.
Full sun. Seed collected in Oregon has proven hardy to 23 F, possibly colder.
The use of this plant depresses the nervous system, also causing hullucinations.

Tagetes minuata ( African Marigold )
A surprisingly large plant, reaching up to 12 feet in height. The African Marigold is valued for more than just an ornamental garden plant. It is also highly effective in controlling soil nematodes, killing nematodes as far as 3 feet from the parent plant. African Marigold can be plants as a cover crop over a large area to clear the soil of nematodes for future plants.
African Marigold may produce alot of biomass and makes an excellent compost.

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