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Ground Control Marigold

Along with other french marigolds, it has the most potent nematicidal reducing properties. Planting in blocks or rows alternating years with vegetables will help reduce root-knot nematodes (microscopic parasites that feed on the roots of plants). Help your soil and plants by growing this long-lasting flowering marigold. Heat tolerant and grows over 4 feet.                     

100 seeds



Tagetes patula


Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface and lightly cover

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, space 8-15" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Starting a week or two before the last frost date into early summer. Sow a few seeds every 8-15", thin to the most robust seedlings, or sow seeds close together, 1 per inch, and when you thin the seedlings transplant them to other places in the garden. 

Growth Habit: Upright 

Height and Width: 48-60” x 18-24”

Spacing: 8-15" apart

Light Needs:  Full sun

Soil Needs:  Average, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-70 days

Uses: Flower beds, containers and planters

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Pinch back plants when they are young for a bushier growth habit. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Amend soil with compost before sowing or transplanting or apply liquid fertilizer a few times a season

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Nancy H.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Ground control marigolds are the bomb.

I grew these last year to help with bugs in gardens etc. Oh My Goodness. Planted initially in veggie garden, it grew SOOO big, I had to dig up mid season and move them to flower garden, and they did great moving! Very fragrant with small yellow, yellow mix flowers. I will never be without them. They are great for mid to back of boarder filler and the skeeters don’t like them. Always a good thing.


Amazing capabilities

Never before have I experienced a climbing marigold, interplanted with my veggies and it defiantly works out well. A single plant grew 4 ft x 4 ft and climbed up its neighboring tomatoes. It is an aggressive marigold, but when utilized as a pest deterrent around other veggies it has quite the symbiotic relationship, but be aware, this puppy needs space. Performed very well in all gardens this year.

Green t.


This has been great for us, year after year. The plants are tall and vigorous to the point of being shrubby. We keep them trimmed back so they don't eat the tomato plants. The little marigold flowers are cute and numerous. Does it work on nematodes? I don't know. But its vigor and beauty make it an essential in our garden.

Donna F.
United States

marigolds etc

The seedlings are just popping up So wait a month and I will have more to say about them By and large I have been very happy with your products and have had good results

Michel v.
United States

Big and Bright

These tall cottage-style marigolds bloomed for us in various shades of yellow, orange and red. They were tall enough to use for cut flowers. Great enhancement growing next to vegetables!