Marigolds

The marigold flower was discovered in Central America by the Portuguese in the 16th century.

Marigolds are some hardy, annual flowers that will make your garden colorful. There are two types of marigolds: Tagetes (African Marigolds and French Marigolds) and Celandula (Pot Marigolds).

The marigold flower is part of the kingdom plantae, division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae, genus Tagetes and Calendula.

 

This beautiful flower has a variety palette of colors but the most common colors are yellow and orange. Marigolds are used in cosmetic treatments because of their strong scent. You can find this common flower in every garden in different types: African or American Marigolds, French Marigolds, Signet Marigolds and Mule Marigolds.

The marigold flower effective for skin problems is the Calendula Marigold. This type of flower is used very often in skin problems caused by physical accidents or sunburns and sub dermal broken capillaries. Macer wrote in the 12th century that when you look at the marigold flower you will improve your eyesight and you will also bright your mood.

Bright yellow and orange marigolds are used in South Asia for making garlands to decorate their religious statues and also their buildings. The garlands are used also at ceremonies like weddings and funerals and other important holydays.

The pigment from the marigold flower is often extracted and used in food coloring and livestock.

You can create your own garden full of marigolds by propagating them by seeds. Put them at a distance of 2 cm apart and the time for marigolds to flower is of 45 days after seeding. If you cover the seeds with ¼ inch of potting soil and you will water it enough in a few days you will have your own marigold plants. When the leaves appear you can plant it outside. There’s no need to worry because these plants are very easy to grown and they will bright up your garden for sure.

The perfect place for growing marigolds is a sunny location with the soil well drained, also moist and fertile. To help your marigolds grow healthier add some fertilizer to your soil. A tip to get more flowers from a marigold flower is to pinch the first flowers before they open.

When it comes for caring you can be sure that insects will stay away from your marigolds because of their pungent odor. The only thing that can bother them is the slug.

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