Can Marigolds Be Planted With Strawberries in Your Garden?

Should you grow marigolds with strawberries this season? Gardening expert Natalie Leiker explores whether marigolds are ideal strawberry partners or whether you should choose another plant. Marigolds are sun- and heat-tolerant companion plants for many flowers and vegetables.  

1. Strawberries

Fresh fruit in summer is unmatched, and harvesting from your own backyard is even better. Strawberries flourish in full sun and yield fruit all season in warm areas. They produce abundant harvests in containers, patches, or mass plantings.  

2. Marigolds

True flowering annual marigolds thrive in USDA zones 3-11. They grow neatly straight and are only a foot wide and tall. This makes them ideal for narrow places or between crop rows. Marigolds are easy-going plants that need little care all season.  

3. Location

Strawberry perennials grow in USDA hardiness zones 5-8. In these zones, the plant returns in spring and grows. Consider it when placing your strawberry patch.  

4. Containers

In pots, strawberries and marigolds can grow separately. Strawberries may overtake marigold plants and choke them off if planted together. If you are container gardening, plant them in two containers near each other so the marigolds can benefit the strawberry plant.  

5. Gardens 

Putting strawberries in a garden where they can spread is preferable. Weed cloth around the strawberry plant keeps weeds away and protects the root system in winter. Place marigolds around the base or on the southside for maximum sun.  

6. Raised Beds

Raised bed gardening is growing in popularity. Strawberry plants can be planted in raised beds if they have adequate room! Keep in mind that they may outgrow the raised bed and need to be pruned.  

7. Spacing

Strawberry site selection is challenging. They spread well in the right conditions, making them excellent for mass plantings. Make sure strawberry and marigold plants have enough space to grow. Small marigolds grow 10-12 inches tall and wide.  

8. Sunlight

Both garden favorites need full sun. This means they need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. I check my garden's sun/shade before planting any crops.  

9. Soil

Planting both plants in rich, loamy soil that drains well is best for them. Every year, add compost to raised beds or gardens to add nutrients and make the soil feel new.  

10. Fertilizer

First-time strawberry planting requires one fertilization to root. They'll need little after the first growth season. Use a general fertilizer annually after berry harvesting. Marigolds don't need much fertilizer during the growth season.  

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