Care of Daisies & Marigolds

Since announcing Marigolds on Social Media and my involvement with Cyber Parental Guardians, and the seed and plant campaign of planting both daisy and marigold seeds, I have had questions about the flowers themselves, how to grow and care involved.


Marigolds are easy plants to grow, reliable, hardy, and can grow both in containers and in the ground. If growing in a pot; only 1 plant per 6″ pot, but if you have a 12″ pot you can put 3 marigold plants within. Use good soil and allow for drainage. They like lots of sunlight. Water regularly, but allow drying of soil in between watering. The soil should never be soggy or over-wet. (

Marigolds grow in many soil types and do best with full sun. Some sites say 6 hours a day and others less. I have grown them in mostly sunny and the plants have done well.

Plants bloom in about eight weeks and can be planted in pots from seed or the seeds can be put in soil outside. If dying blossoms are regularly removed, it encourages more blooms.

They have few pests or problems and can be used with vegetables to stave off worms that attack the roots of vegetable plants.

Marigolds are are bright yellow, orange, copper and a mix of, along with being carnation looking or daisy looking with their flowers.

Their meaning is grief, creativity and passion. In general they represent the fragility of life.


Daisies are the April birth flower. There are different kinds. They grow in clumps from 2-3 feet high and 1-2 feet wide (Shasta Daisy).

The daisy symbolizes innocence, loyal love, and purity. They are often given in friendship.

Water only if rainfall is less than an inch per week. After the first frost, cut back the stems to a few inches above the ground. Fertilize two weeks after planting and monthly after. Full sun and plant early to mid-spring. Divide the plants in the spring and fall and remove dead flowers.

Shasta Daisies are outdoor plants. For indoor daisies, plant Gerbera. Daisies can be seeded indoors or outdoors. Gerbera daisies do not do well in cold and so in winter must be indoors. Shasta daisies you trim them back and they regrow in spring. (


One thought on “Care of Daisies & Marigolds

  1. rginsberg2 says:

    Absolutely yes, time for planting! Winter will soon give way to spring, warmth, and growth. Looking forward, looking back… Nature and the reliability of our seasonal cycles. Remember Rachel Carson’s wisdom: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

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