An Overview of Orange African Marigold
A flowering plant in the genus Tagetes, Tagetes erecta, is a species of marigold native to Mexico. The Mexican and Guatemalan marigold, as well as the African marigold, are native to these two nations. Early 16th-century discoveries led to their introduction to Europe and Northern Africa where they became popular in gardens.
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- The family name Tagetes comes from a mythical Etruscan god
- It is commonly referred to as African marigold
- Decoctions of this herb can treat colds and mumps
- They are very easy to grow in your garden
Benefits of Orange African Marigold Flower
As an external treatment for sores, ulcers, eczema, conjunctivitis, rheumatism, and sore eyes, African marigolds are highly effective. Using a paste made from the leaves, boils, carbuncles, and earaches can be treated externally. In addition to being diuretic and carminative, it is also a vermifuge. Marjoram flowers can be made into tea. To steep the tea, add a tablespoon of dried flowers to boiled water and let them steep for a few minutes before drying them at a low temperature.
How to Care And Sow Orange African Marigold Flower
For African marigolds, the soil should have good drainage and be exposed to full or partial sunlight. Containers are also an option. Six inches of soil should be cleared of grass and weeds before planting. Adding compost to the soil would also help.
After the last frost, scatter seeds over the garden. You can start your seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last frost of the season if you wish to do so. The germination of seeds takes one to two weeks at a temperature of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.
Due to their ability to withstand heat and drought, African marigolds bloom in the summer and autumn. While it tolerates clay and dry soil, it prefers moist, well-draining soil. Water the soil frequently but do not let it get too wet. Six hours after watering after rain, keep an eye out for puddles of water or squishy soil.
This indicates that your soil isn't draining and that your flowers are at risk of drowning. You can prevent stem damage and extend the blooming season by deadheading or removing spent flowers in summer and early fall.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: African Marigold Seeds
- Season: Spring
- USDA Zones: 2-11
- Days to Harvest: 4-6 weeks
- Soil Type: Sandy or loamy soil
- Temperature: 22 Degrees C
- Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Asterales
- Family: Asteraceae
- Subfamily: Asteroideae
- Genus: Tagetes
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