Marigolds are easy to grow and are generally considered to be a weed-free flowers. They thrive in full sun, making them a popular choice for gardeners who want a low-maintenance plant that won’t require much watering.
How Often To Water Marigolds?
Marigolds need water year-round and should never be allowed to dry out completely. The ideal amount of water will depend on the weather conditions in your area and the type of soil that you have chosen for your marigold plants.
Marigolds need water once every two weeks during the growing season (spring through fall). During winter months when temperatures are below freezing, you can reduce watering to once every three weeks or so. There’s no need to water marigold plants during the winter if there’s snow on the ground.
How To Tell It’s Time to Water Your Marigolds
If you’re wondering when to water marigolds, there are several key signs that can help you determine if your plants are thirsty. The best time to water marigolds is as soon as you notice that they need it.
Here are six telltale signs that indicate it’s time to water marigolds:
- The leaves begin to turn brown or white around the edges
- The soil is dry 1 inch below the surface
- There isn’t enough water in the pot for plant roots
- The leaves start curling up or turning yellow or white at the tips
- The flower heads droop instead of standing upright
How to Water Marigolds
There are a few methods to water marigolds. You can use a hose, which is the easiest method. You can also use a watering can, which is more time-consuming, but more effective.
If you choose to water with a hose, you should use a gentle spray that covers most of the plant’s leaves and stems. If you use too much water at one time, it may cause the soil to overflow and create an unsightly mess on your patio or sidewalk.
If you choose to water with a watering can pour slowly so that only a small amount of water comes out at one time. This will allow you to saturate the soil without drowning the plant’s roots or knocking over its leaves and flowers.
How Much Water Do Marigolds Need?
Marigolds need at least 1 inch of water each week during the growing season to produce blooms. Watering marigolds once or twice a week will keep them alive, but not thriving.
If you want your marigolds to thrive, you’ll need to increase your watering schedule and provide more frequent deep watering.
Signs of Excessive Marigolds Watering
If you’ve noticed that your marigolds are looking a little worse for wear, it might be time to check up on the amount of water they’re getting. Marigolds are very susceptible to overwatering, so if you notice that their leaves are starting to droop or turn yellow, then it’s time to reduce how often you water the flowers.
Here are some signs of excessive marigold watering:
Drooping leaves – If one side of the plant’s leaves starts to droop, this is usually a sign that they’re getting too much water.
Yellowing leaves – Yellowing leaves are another symptom of overwatering. Allowing soil to stay wet for too long can cause root rot and may kill your plants completely.
Moldy roots – If you see mold growing around your plant’s base, it could mean that the roots have become too wet and started growing in anaerobic conditions (without oxygen). This leads to root rot which can kill your plant if left untreated.
Marigolds don’t need a lot of water, but they do need regular watering. If you don’t water them often enough, the soil can become too dry for them to grow properly. To keep them looking at their best, water them once a week during the summer and once every 2 weeks during the winter.