Tagetes, plants with colorful and fragrant flowers

Our protagonists today are the  tagetes , a species with  yellow or orange flowers capable of illuminating and giving life to any home or garden. Currently, they are usually used in tomato, eggplant or lettuce gardens.

Do you want to know what its characteristics are?

If you are interested in continuing to read, you will learn about tagetes and their most notable characteristics in this article.

Tagetes, also known as Chinese carnations, are striking plants that stand out for their beautiful flowers. These develop throughout the summer.

Its  flowers are very colorful , and can adapt a yellow or orange tone. In addition,  they give off an intense and pleasant smell.

What types of tagetes are there?

There are more than 50 species of this plant but there are four main  types of tagetes :

Tagetes erecta : it has an upright, branched stem capable of reaching one meter in height. Its flowers are larger and have a more intense hue.

Tagetes patula : small plant, with leaves that develop alternately along the stem. This plant disperses its flowers more widely and showcases a stunning variety of colors, including variegated options. Gardeners use them to enhance borders, beds, and garden borders, making them a dynamic and colorful addition to the landscape.

Tagetes tenuifolia : It exhibits fine branches, which distinguish it clearly from the previous two.

Its scented flowers are carmine and gold.

Tagetes lucida : it can reach eighty centimeters in height and its flowers stand out for their golden color with hints of orange and brown. Widely used to prepare infusions.

Use linked to the garden

This is the calendula, are plants closely related to the  garden . Because? Currently they are used to scare away the worms that eat the vegetables.

Its  nematicidal exudate  makes it perfect to combat the attack of this type of annoying organisms that cause so much damage in the garden.

To place them correctly, we must place them about thirty centimeters apart from each other: two tagetes for every six or seven plants in our garden.

Pests that affect tagetes

  • Thrips:  small brown or black insect that feeds on the plant and deforms it.
  • Red spider : mite that causes discoloration of leaves.
  • Whitefly:  insect that feeds on the sap of the tagete and completely weakens it.
  • Miner:  insect that lives inside the tissue of the leaves and eats them to extract their sap. Makes round holes.
  • Caterpillars:  larva that feeds on the leaves of the tagete.

And that’s it for today’s article. Now you can incorporate tagetes into your orchard or garden.