Marigolds planted with tomato plants?

Nazarene1(Zone 6 TN)May 7, 2012

I've read in a number of places that the smell of marigolds repels various pests, especially hornworms.

I'm growing Old Kentucky and DePinto in 5-gallon buckets. Would planting marigolds in a bucket with a tomato plant cause too much competition for water and nutrients, or would it be best to plant marigolds in separate, smaller containers that I place close to the tomato buckets? Any recommendations?

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I'm no expert, but I'd put them right in the pot,

Use the dwarf marigolds.

Great idea. I should have done that.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 5:59PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Marigolds will attract pollinators, but they do not repel most pests.
That horticultural myth sprang up from the fact that a large planting of Marigold will help
control certain nematodes in a given soil area. So, for the most part, this control does not
extend to other pests.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 6:40PM
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