Tagetes ‘Ground Control’
A Dutch cultivar breed specifically for maximum control of nematodes in vegetables. These French Marigolds grow to 30 cm before producing single yellow-orange flowers. Useful mixed in the vegetable garden or planted with nematode sensitive plants, such as Naranjilla (Solanum quitoensis) which is very susceptible to nematodes and usually only lasts two seasons before slowly dying. The Marigold roots are the nematode repellent part but the plants can also be chopped up and mixed into the soil as a green manure. The dried and ground flower petals are a popular spice in the Georgian Republic, being compared to saffron for its bright, distinctive yellow/orange color. The spice gives a unique, earthy flavor to Georgian dishes and is often paired with cinnamon and cloves. Marigold flowers are harvested annually and fed to laying hens to give the yolks a deeper golden color. A more important benefit is that the pigment of the petals contains beneficial compounds that support overall health of the hens. Sow seeds in pots in early spring for transplanting or sow direct after the last frost or sow any time in summer or even early autumn as they plants are quick to germinate, grow and flower.
Flowers should produce true seeds-to-type so long as you do not have other French Merigolds nearby.50 seeds/packet
Approximate seeds per pack
Germination and growth
Sow seeds in pots in early spring for transplanting or sow direct after the last frost or sow any time in summer or even early autumn as they plants are quick to germinate, grow and flower.