Tagetes lucida


An easily grown half hardy annual that is related to the'Marigold' the most common form being; Tagetes lucida

These can grow to a height of around 600mm and requires planting out approximately 300-400mm apart in an open sunny border.

They have lanceolate / toothed dark leaves and bear clusters of fragrant gold / orange yellow flowers similar to Marigolds but much smaller.

The flowers appear in mid-summer and carry on flowering till the first frosts providing regular deadheading has been carried out.

Tagetes lucida

The flowers are hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects, and are particularly noted for attracting bees, butterflies and hover flies.


Week 12:

Sow seeds under glass in pots/cells/trays, lightly covering the seeds with compost and germinate at temperature of 18°C (65°F)

Germination should take about four to five days.

Week 14-15:

Prick out seedlings if large enough to handle in 50mm (2") cell trays or in boxes set out 50mm (2") apart,gradually harden them off in a cold frame.

Seedlings pricked out into cell trays

Week 22:

Plant out in sunny borders 200-250mm (8"-10") apart after all chances of frost has passed.

Dead head as flowers fade to encourage further flowering.

Flowering plants in the border

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