Marigolds are colorful flowers that attract pollinators and are a great companion plant for many vegetables.
15 inches; Height: 6 to 10 inches
Sow the seeds directly outside in the spring after all danger of frost is past. Choose a location with full sun or partial shade. If starting indoors to get an earlier bloom, plant the seeds 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. For a quicker germination time, soak the seeds overnight in warm water or scrape their surface before planting them. Water well. Make sure to harden the plants before transplanting them.
Marigolds attract beneficial insects like ladybugs, hoverflies and parasitic mini-wasps, which all prey on garden pests.