We have no information on this species, though other members of the genus have an irritant sap that can cause dermatitis in sensitive people
There are no edible uses listed for Tagetes micrantha.
Many members of this genus are widely used in companion planting schemes
. Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes and to some extent against keeled slugs. These secretions are produced about 3 - 4 months after sowing
. These root secretions also have a herbicidal effect, inhibiting the growth of certain plants growing nearby. It has been found effective against perennial weeds such as Ranunculus ficaria (Celandine), Aegopodium podagraria Ground elder), Glechoma hederacea (Ground ivy), Agropyron repens (Couch grass) and Convolvulus arvensis (Field bindweed)
An essential oil distilled from the leaves and flowering stems, harvested when the plant is forming seeds, is used as an insect repellent. It is also used in perfumery.
Dried plants can be hung indoors as an insect repellent
There are no material uses listed for Tagetes micrantha.
The plant is used as a remedy for stomach complaints, colds and fevers
There are no medicinal uses listed for Tagetes micrantha.
Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
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Requires a well-drained moderately fertile soil in a sunny position
Plants are not very resistant to frosts and need to be grown as half hardy annuals.
Removing dead flowers before the seed is formed will extend the flowering season.
Most members of this genus are very good companion plants, see 'Other Uses' below for more details.
Plants are prone to slugs, snails and botrytis
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Tagetes micrantha. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Tagetes micrantha.
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