Intro: These beautiful gold, orange, yellow or white flowers (and a mixture of these colors) are often planted in butterfly gardens. They attract butterflies, but ward off other undesireable insects with their pungent odor. Plant these flowering container plants next to your tomato, eggplant, chili pepper and potato plants, as marigolds deter some pest insects that can harm these plants.
Scientific Name: Tagetes spp.
Plant Type: Annual flower
Light: Partial to full sun.
Water: Let marigold plants dry out slightly between waterings. Water these plants thoroughly every third day or so.
Propagation: Use seeds from old marigold plants. You can simply just take the dead flowerheads off of the plant and throw them in another plant container. (Note: Marigold hybrids do not produce seeds.) But remember that pinching off dying flowers before they produce seeds (called "deadheading") promotes more plant growth.
Misc. Info: Marigold flowers are so common that some gardeners actually stay away from them. But if you have trouble growing flowers or haven’t grown flowers in your balcony container garden before, try marigold flowers at least once!