Marigolds - Knowledgebase Question

Bowling Green, Ke
Question by ttm97
April 8, 2010
I have heard that marigolds help control some insects due to thier smell. Is that true? If it is, is there a particular type that is best? If not, is there an annual that helps deter some insects?

Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010


The marigold is probably the most well known plant for repelling insects. French marigolds repel whiteflies and kill bad nematodes. Mexican marigolds are said to offend a host of destructive insects and wild rabbits as well. If you choose marigolds for your garden they must be scented to work as a repellant. And while this plant drives away many bad bugs, it also attracts spider mites and snails.

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