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summer

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red metamorph marigold
Targetes patula
2-3 ft. Hardy annual/Reseeding

An incredibly profuse bloomer of stunning deep-red flowers accentuated by burnt orange under-petals. As temperatures increase, petals become more orange and yellow-striped, returning to red-burgundy with onset of cooler fall weather. It makes a superb, thick hedge to attract beneficial insects.

lemon gem marigold
Tagetes tenuifolia
6-9 in. Hardy Annual

Dwarf variety with lacy foliage and tight clusters of edible flowers. Adds zest to a green salad. Excellent border plant, blooming profusely from midsummer until the first hard fall frosts.

French brocade marigold
Targetes patula
12-18 in.

The classic brocade variety. Early, prolific, and continuous 1-2 in. flowers include golden yellow, burnt orange with yellow margins, and reddish orange with distinctive red accents.

Cultivation

Growing Tips:
Marigolds do well in areas with full sun. They require moderate to regular water, however avoid overhead sprinkling on taller plants as stems can break from the weight of the water. Extend the blooming period by pruning off old flowers.

 

Pest Management


Keep your marigolds happy by keeping bugs far, far away!
  • Aphids
    Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects with long, slender mouth parts that they use to pierce stems, leaves, and other tender plant parts and suck out plant fluids. Almost every plant has one or more aphid species that occasionally feeds on it. Many aphid species are difficult to distinguish; however, identification to species is not necessary to control them in most situations.
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  • Earwigs
    Earwigs are among the most readily recognized insect pests in home gardens. Although they can devastate seedling vegetables or annual flowers and often seriously damage maturing soft fruit or corn silks, they also have a beneficial role in the landscape and have been shown to be important predators of aphids. Although several species occur, the most common in California gardens is the European earwig, Forficula auricularia, which was accidentally introduced into North America from Europe in the early 1900s. The striped earwig, Labidura riparia, occurs in southern California and can annoy residents when it is attracted to lights. It has a very disagreeable odor when crushed. However, the striped earwig does not damage plants.
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  • Foliage-feeding caterpillars
    Most flowers are susceptible to damage from caterpillars of one or more species. Caterpillars are the immature or larval stage of moths and butterflies. Only the larval stage chews plants. Although adults consume only liquids, such as nectar and water, they are important because they choose which plants to lay eggs on. Larvae have three pairs of legs on the thorax (the area immediately behind the head) and leglike appendages on some, but not all, segments of the abdomen.
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  • Leafminers
    Leafminers attack many different flower hosts, including aster, begonia, dahlia, impatiens, lily, marigold, petunia, and verbena. Adult Liriomyza are small, active, black and yellow flies. The most important species are the serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza trifolii) and the pea leafminer (L. huidobrensisa). Larvae are yellow cylindrical maggots.
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  • Spider mites
    Mites are common pests in landscapes and gardens and can be found feeding on many fruit trees, vines, berries, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Although related to insects, mites are not insects but members of the arachnid class along with spiders and ticks. The spider mites, also called webspinning mites, are the most common mite pests and among the most ubiquitous of all pests in the garden and farm.
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  • Thrips
    Thrips, order Thysanoptera, are tiny, slender insects with fringed wings. They feed by puncturing their host and sucking out the cell contents. Certain thrips species are beneficial predators that feed only on mites and other insects. Beneficial species include black hunter thrips and the sixspotted thrips. Pest species (often in the family Thripidae) are plant feeders that scar leaf, flower, or fruit surfaces or distort plant parts. Other species of thrips feed on fungal spores and pollen and are innocuous.
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