The Content Of The Article:
- Plant marigolds
- Maintain marigolds
- Use marigolds as a medicinal plant
Marigolds are among the plants that should have all in the garden, the happy to produce remedies themselves. Here are our tips for marigold sowing and care.
The marigold, which has always been native to Europe, is one of the most well-known medicinal plants worldwide and is now being professionally cultivated in many places due to its multiple proven healing effects. How you can plant this great medicinal plant in the garden and what you need to consider when caring and harvesting, we tell you here.
Marigolds are one-year-old plants and therefore have to be seeded annually. Recommended is a free-field sowing after the frost days, about in May.
However, marigolds can also reproduce naturally by self-sowing, but only if the plant is allowed to remain in the garden bed until it reaches seed maturity!
Otherwise, you must spread the commercially available seeds loose (can also be sown in rows) and cover with a layer of soil of about 2 centimeters.
If the plantlets are too close to each other after germination, you can thin them out and even plant them elsewhere.
The extremely easy-care marigolds do not need much care. This means, among other things, that you should only water the flowers on hot days if possible in the morning and in the evening.
If the plants have grown to about 50 centimeters high by June, buds form, which lead to a bright orange-yellow flower. Cut off these flowers immediately after they have withered, then even make another flower in the same crop year.
Do not fertilize the marigolds. But you can incorporate into the soil area a little nutrient-rich soil (compost).
If the marigolds are attacked from time to time by aphids, you can fight them with nettle.
Use marigolds as a medicinal plant
Harvesting should always be just the flowers of marigold, which you can process into ointments - used in skin diseases. From the flowers, you can also make a marigold honey, which you can take, among other things, digestive complaints.
You can also sprinkle the intensely colored petals of marigolds on salads.