Plant Care African Marigold

African Marigold

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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, Marigold and 'American Marigold'


Tagetes erecta

How to care for African Marigold

💦 Water

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

African Marigold can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing African Marigold →

Common African Marigold Problems →

💦 Water Needs

African Marigold prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

African Marigold Water Frequency →

African Marigold Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

African Marigold requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

African Marigold Light Requirements →

African Marigold Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

African Marigold is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

African Marigold Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

African Marigold enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

African Marigold Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

African Marigold does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for African Marigold →

When and How to Successfully Repot African Marigold →

💩 Fertilizer

African Marigold should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize African Marigold →

🌎 Native Region

African Marigold is native to the Americas.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your African Marigold bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

African Marigold is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune African Marigold →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
African Marigold can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

African Marigold Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of African Marigold can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in African Marigold, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

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 13
African Marigold has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 12
African Marigold has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
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 Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
African Marigold has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@JackiesGarden avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
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Really easy to take care of and helps with pest’s 🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Caitlyn avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe Albany, OR

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 22 Plants
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globe Talking Rock, GA

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
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globe Pittsburgh, PA

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
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globe Tucson, AZ

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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@renataruizpozo avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
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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
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globe Martinsburg, WV

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
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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 220 XP

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

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