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PlantFiles: Marigold, African Marigold, Aztec Marigold
Tagetes erecta 'Fireball'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tagetes (TAG-e-teez) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireball

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sacaredheart On Mar 28, 2010, Sacaredheart from Spencer, NC wrote:

This was a very easy plant to grow. And was a very fast growing huge marigold. The plant quickly became almost three feet high and the flowers the size of grapefruit. This all happened in one planting season here in zone 7a. I started them from seed and fertilized once a month.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California
Spencer, North Carolina

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