Taishan Marigolds have huge tightly petaled blooms that are 3 inches or more across. If you want a strong Marigold then, Taishan is the one for you. In fact the name says it all. It means “stability” and was named for the Taishan Mountains in China.
These dwarf African marigolds have shorter peduncles (the part of the stem directly below the bloom) and thicker stems which make them sturdier. This lessens the chance for the bloom stems to be broken off during wind and rain.
Taishan Marigolds are the best African marigold for landscapes. Color is continuous because the secondary blooms come on even when the first blooms still look good. Plants have good branching, and the strong stems help keep the blooms upright in landscapes.
Marigolds are a great companion plant for pretty much all garden plants, blooming or edible. Their roots contain thiopene which is toxic to certain nematodes. Plant marigolds around the outside of your garden to discourage aphids and beetles from stopping by for and all you can eat smorgasbord.
Additionally, marigolds will also attract beneficial insects that will snack on the insects that are feasting on your plants. Beans, carrots, cabbages and tomatoes are just a few plants that benefit from having marigolds as a companion plant.
Plant Taishan in full sun 8-10″ apart. Grows 10-12″ tall and 8-10″ wide.
We grow Taishan Marigolds in our J6 (606) Annuals and #4 Annuals sizes and carry Taishan Gold, Taishan Orange and Taishan Yellow.