Signet marigolds are a small flowered marigold with edible, citrus flavoured flowers in a wide variety of colours ranging from yellow, orange, red and mahogany, with a number of bi-colours as well. This half-hardy annual is easy to grow and well suited to small gardens as it grows well in containers as well as flower beds.
Average height: 20cm
Aspect: Full Sun
Soil type: Well drained, relatively light soils. Not suitable for clay soils
Sowing period: March to April
First signs of blossom: 6 to 8 weeks
Average flowering period: 5-6 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds
Signet marigolds may help to repel aphids, so may benefit plants which are susceptible to aphid attack if they are planted close together. In particular they are popularly grown next to tomatoes.
Flowers may be harvested as soon as they are open and are best picked just before they are eaten to enjoy at their best.