Marigolds are perennial plants with long life span (up to 50 years). They need full sun and moist soil. Marigolds have many uses such as flavoring food, making fragrant oils, dyeing fabrics, making tea, and medicinal purposes. Marigolds are native to Europe and Asia. The species name comes from the Latin word “maris” meaning marl or oil. There are over 400 different varieties of marigold found all around the world!
Marigolds are known to produce their own pollinating insects called nymphs. Nymphs fly into the flower and then they lay eggs inside the flower which hatch after several days. These tiny little creatures make up most of the population of marigolds so it’s very difficult to eradicate them completely without killing all of them.
However, there are some methods that can be used to control these pests.
The first method is to cut off the base of the flower where the nymphs live. Then, you will see them die before your eyes. You may think that this method won’t work because they’re small but it works very well if done correctly.
If you don’t do anything else, it will take a few weeks for them to start dying out again and then when they do, they’ll be gone forever!
The second option is to use a miticide which is an insecticide that will kill the small insects. Make sure you get one that is not harmful to humans and keep it away from children and pets. You can apply it once a week for three weeks and this should eliminate all of the adults.
Then, just cut off the flower heads and make sure you keep an eye on the plants so that new ones don’t appear.
Marigolds are considered to be one of the easiest plants to grow. Their soil preference consists of ordinary garden soil that is well drained and they can survive in dry or swampy areas as long as the roots do not remain waterlogged for long periods of time. They can be grown in containers also.
Planting marigolds helps to keep away some insects. Many consider them to be good companion plants for tomatoes because they help to keep the pests away from them. They also help to keep away nematodes which are microscopic worms that attack plants.
Marigolds also produce flowers which can be eaten and have a spicy flavor.
As you can see, marigolds have many uses for your yard, garden, and home. They can help to repel insects for your yard and garden as well as repel insects and rodents from your home! Growing and using marigolds is also an inexpensive way to keep your home safe and looking great!
Enjoy your marigolds and have fun planting!
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