Marigold – Lemon Gem

Hundreds of petite flowers cover neat, low mounds of lacy foliage with a citrusy scent. Long-blooming flowers are lovely in beds, borders and containers. Leaves and petals are edible.  The petals have a floral flavour with hints of citrus and spice, and slightly bitter. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter.

Available only as a plant. Not available as seed. 
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Description

Botanical name
Tagetes tenuifolia

Family
Asteraceae

Spacing
One plant per square foot in the garden.

Depth
6-12 mm (¼-½”)

Requirements
Enjoys full sun and a warm spot in the garden. pH 6-6.5

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Pests
Marigolds are celebrated for their ability to suppress nematodes (parasites).

Timing
Sow indoors in March for transplant in April after the last frost.

Growing
Pinch the growing tips to allow the plant to branch out. Pluck dry or dead flowers off before they seed.

Harvest
60 days

Season
Cool, annual

Links
Video describing how easy it is to save marigold seeds for re-planting.
Some delicious and beautifully creative ways to use marigold petals.