Marigolds are among the plants that everyone should have in the garden, who like to make medicines themselves. So here are our tips for marigold sowing and care.Marigolds look great
The marigold, which has always been native to Europe, is one of the most well-known medicinal plants worldwide and is now even being professionally cultivated in many places due to its multiple proven healing effects. We will tell you here how you can plant this great medicinal plant in the garden and what you need to take care of during the care and harvest.
Marigolds are annual plants and must therefore be sown anew each year. Field sowing is recommended after the frost days, around May.
Marigolds can also reproduce naturally by self-sowing, but only if the plant is allowed to remain in the garden bed until the seeds are ripe!
Otherwise you have to scatter the commercially available seeds loosely (can also be sown in rows) and cover them with a layer of soil of approx. 2 centimeters.
If the plants are too close together after germination, you can easily thin them out and even plant them elsewhere.
Caring for marigolds
The extremely easy-care marigolds do not require much care. Among other things, this means that you should only water the flowers in the morning and evening, if possible, on hot days.
If the plants have grown approx. 50 centimeters by June, buds will form, which will lead to a bright orange-yellow bloom. If these flowers are cut off immediately after they have faded, they can even bloom again in the same year of cultivation.Always cut off faded flowers - then the flowers will bloom again
You do not have to fertilize the marigolds. However, you can incorporate a little nutrient-rich soil (compost) into the soil area.
If the marigolds are attacked by aphids from time to time, you can control them with nettle soy.
Use marigolds as a medicinal plant
You should only ever harvest the flowers of the marigold, which you can process into ointments - can be used for skin diseases. You can also use the flowers to make a marigold honey, which you can consume if you have digestive problems.
You can also sprinkle the intensely colored petals of the marigold decoratively on salads.