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Marigolds planted with tomato plants?

Posted by Nazarene1 Zone 6 TN (My Page) on
Mon, May 7, 12 at 17:46

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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RE: Marigolds planted with tomato plants?

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

Use the dwarf marigolds.

Great idea. I should have done that.

RE: Marigolds planted with tomato plants?

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.


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