by aditya abhishek
Marigold or Tegetes originated in America and is a genus of annual, herbaceous flowering plants. Flower shades can vary from yellow, orange, golden, and white colour. There are around 50 varieties of marigold that you can grow.
In hot tropical to sub tropical climate you can start planting and growing marigold from October. But in cold temperate climate spring is best season to grow marigolds.
Well drained, sandy loam soil rich in organic matter is ideal for this plant. Prepare potting mix with 30% soil + 30% cocopeat + 10% river sand + 30% compost.
Broadcast marigold seeds on tray filled with potting mix and then cover seeds with thin layer of potting mix. Apply water gently and within week you will notice seedling growth.
Daily 5 to 6 hours of bright direct sunlight is necessary for good growth and flowering in marigold plant. Avoid keeping marigold under low light condition.
Avoid over watering as it can seriously damage your plant. Only apply water only when top layer of soil is completely dry. Take care of drainage at the bottom.
30 days after plantation, start feeding marigold with NPK in the ratio 5:10:5 once after every month or add a handful of organic manure along with half teaspoon bone meal once in every month.
To make your plant bushier pinch out branches top at desired height and early buds to promote vegetative growth. Once plant reaches desired shape then stop pinching buds.
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