Marigolds, Whitefly and Tomatoes ?

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  1. ricky101

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    Hi,

    Have often put some potted Marigolds on or near our tubs of Tomatoes to help ward off Whitefly and Aphids, though often saw some of them fly onto the Marigolds when we picked the toms.

    On Gardeners World last Friday there was a clip where it was said the Marigolds have to be planted into the same compost by the side of the Tomato plant, suggesting it passed something via is roots rather than any 'smell' from the Marigold ?

    So does that method really work and if we just have potted Marigold in the greenhouse in an attempt to keep down Whitefly etc. are we just wasting our time or possibly attracting more Aphids in the process ?
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I saw that.
    Can only say I've not seen white fly in 10 yrs.:smile:
     
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      Marigolds? different types, I sow and plant Tagetes in pots and place in the greenhouse along side my tomatoes, No white fly, seed cheap too!
       
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        Just seen a pic in Garden News and they had also planted them in the same pot as the toms.

        Perhaps our whitefly do not know about Marigolds/ Tagetes , we have used both in the past and neither effective when in their own pots...?? :sad:
         
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        I used to see whitefly on both dwarf french marigold and tagetes when growng them (by the 1,000s) in the past for the Parks Dept. So I have never bothered planting them next to toms.
         
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          Re @strongylodon , think its time free up the bench space to put the Marigolds into the borders !

          Did a greenhouse clean up the other week and been spraying all the plants, mainly Fuchsias, with SB Plant Invigorator to try and rid the Whitefly and a Spider Mite outbreak.

          Always a bit suspicious of such products, but it seems to be working, though the sceptic in me wonders if plain water would have the same effect ..:what:
           
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