Plant Care African Marigold

African Marigold

4.7 out of 5 (22 experiences)

African Marigold has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
African Marigold has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Aztec Marigold, American Marigold, Big Marigold and marigold


Tagetes erecta

How to care for African Marigold


How often to water your African Marigold

Water needs for African Marigold
0.5 cups
every 9

African Marigold needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of African Marigold

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for African Marigold in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Marigold: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

African Marigold love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

African Marigold does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of African Marigold in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize African Marigold

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Marigold: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African Marigold after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

African Marigold is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for African Marigold

African Marigold

African Marigold

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

African Marigold has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
African Marigold has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 11
African Marigold has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
African Marigold has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
African Marigold has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
African Marigold has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
African Marigold has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
African Marigold has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Caitlyn avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 207 XP
globe Albany, Oregon

It looks beautiful in the backyard and I only planted it a month ago

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Loganburningbush avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,102 XP
globe Talking Rock, Georgia

I started mine from seed. I planted a whole bunch but only one sprouted and it was after quite some time, I had given up on them. But I saw a tiny little plant in the dirt one day and decided to nurture it. It’s beautiful, and keeps pests away from my vegetables. So I’m happy to have it!

Meghan avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 194 XP
globe Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

There pretty easy to take care of and if you over/under water them it’s not too hard to nurse them back to health. They also are not too high maintenance and for the small bit of work you end up doing for the plant (watering, placing in sunlight, etc.) it’s super rewarding. They’re also just really pretty flowers

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Liam avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP
globe Tucson, Arizona

This plant is a very nice plant for everyone, this plant is friendly to animals and humans, just don’t eat the plant. It has very pretty flowers that look fake. I recommend to get this plant from seeds.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Renataruizpozo avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 230 XP
globe Providencia, Región Metropolitana

they need a lot of direct sunlight <3

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Sunrose365 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 80 XP
globe Martinsburg, West Virginia

After planting they pretty much took care of them selves while germinating. Just a little sun, love, and water!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pedroza63 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 108 XP

flower because planting them by their other outdoor greens helps keep some of those pesky pests and critters away!

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Hannahturtle avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 213 XP

So cute when sprouting! Easiest to start them in an egg carton.

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