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Tagetes patula, or French marigolds, are hardy, easy-to-grow annuals native to Mexico. They're grown mainly as a bedding plant at the edge of herbaceous borders but are often grown alongside tomatoes as a companion plant, to ward off white fly. Tagetes 'Dainty Marietta' is a dwarf variety with pinnate green foliage and single, rich golden flowers with maroon blotches, and blooms over a long period. For best results grow in free-draining soil in full sun and feed weekly with a high-potash fertiliser. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.
Cultivar: Dainty Marietta
Plant type: Half-hardy annual
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Time to plant: May to June
Flowering period: June to September
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