How to grow marigolds in pots

How to grow marigolds in pots. If you are thinking of planting marigolds, you can grow them in pots. 

But wait.

You are not sure about how to plant them?

How to grow marigolds in pots
How to grow marigolds in pots

 Let’s have a look at this handy guide about marigold planting in a pot.

Let’s get started.


Zones- Annual. Marigolds 

They are appropriate to be grown in all seasons and zones.


  • 6 inches- 4 feet tall
  • 6 inches- 2 feet wide


Proper sunlight exposure

Bloom Time

Late spring till the first frost


Marigolds are of;

  • orange and yellow


  • red
  • gold
  • copper 
  • Brass.

Soil Selection

You can use loamy soil that is capable of water retention. The Opting for standard garden soil is just fine, but graded soil may prevent any future problems for the plant.

Preparing a Container (Pot)

  • To grow marigold, first, you need to prepare the pot.
  • Take the pot of 200 mm wide and deep or any desired shape and size.
  • Fill a pot with good-quality soil up to the top.
  • Leave about 1-2 inches distance from the top of the pot.
  • Make a small hole for the drainage function in the middle of the pot. 
  • Marigolds don’t favor excess water. 
  • When you pour soil in the pot, remember to use high grades.
  • Garden soil is home to various bacterias and other insects that can harm your plant.

Planting Marigolds in a Pot

  • After preparing the pot, the next step is to position it in front of the sunlight.
  • Take the Plant seeds and directly place them in the pot.
  •  Gently press the seeds into the top surface of the soil.
  • After that, pour water into the pot.
  • Remember to add water gently.
  • Water it from time to time to keep them moist.
  • You need to feed the marigolds after 1 to 2 weeks continuously.

Plant food includes:

  • Yates Thrive Roses 
  • Flower Liquid Plant 
  • Once the foliage starts coming out, limit the watering process.
  • You can add fertilizers to avoid any plant disease. 
  • Opt for less amount as per recommendation on the fertilizer label. 
  • The high amount of fertilizer may cause damage to the plant

Fertilizers include:

  • 5-10-5 blend
  • 10-10-10 blend
  • Liquid fertilizer- once in two-three weeks 
  • Dilution required
  • 1/4 
  • 1/2 

Pest and Diseases

Pest and Diseases

Your marigolds are prone to the attack of spider mites and aphids. They love to attack the beautiful marigolds.

Other includes 

  • Fungal diseases (powdery mildew)

Prevent the marigold from spider mites b using essential oils

Spray the natural essential oils on the plant. These oils kill the spider mites. Essential oils are affected against two-spotted spider mites. They not only kill the adult mites but eliminate the mite’s eggs as well.

Essential oil includes;

  • Chamomile oil
  • Coriander oil
  • Spearmint oil
  • rosemary oil
  • Neem oil

Types of Marigolds

There are 50+ species of marigold.

The most common includes:

Targets spatula

French marigold

  • 6 to 12 inches tall 
  • 6 to 9 inches wide. 
  • Compact annuals 
  • Double flower heads (2 inches)

Tagetes erecta

African marigold

  • Tallest variety 
  • Height- 1 to 4 feet
  • Spread-1 to 2-foot spread. 
  • Large flowerheads up to 5 inches 
  • Densely double 
  • Pompon-like

Tagetes tenuifolia

Tagetes tenuifolia

  • Upright annuals 
  • Height-12 inches tall 
  • Width -12 inches
  • Single Flowerheads-1 inch in size. 
  • Edible flowers
  • Topper for salads


Pot marigold, 

  • Color -yellow and orange 
  • Medicinal herb. 


  • Mexican tarragon (Tagetes lucida)
  • Mexican marigold (T. lemmonii) 


If you opt to plant marigolds, you can grow them in pots. If you don’t know, let’s have a look at this handy guide about marigold planting in a container.

Remember to provide proper sunlight to marigolds. Marigolds require high-grade soil for better growth.

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