Marigold Fields of Karnataka

Drive to outskirts of any city in Karnataka you will see Marigold Fields. These marigold fields of Karnataka is a major source of income for the locals.

Just as we crossed Hassan on our way to Chikmagalur we came across big fields of gold; fields growing Marigold flowers. Green fields dotted with orange flowers, it made a very pleasing sight.Floriculture is a big business in India. It is one of those low investment, low maintenance crops which prove to be profitable for the farmers. Since the flowers are delicate and prone to withering fast, long distance transport under refrigerated conditions is must. Hence most often the fields are near big cities. These flowers have a short growing period, yielding harvest three times a year.

Marigold Fields of Karnataka Image

Marigold Fields Karnataka

Cultivation of Marigold Flowers

Some locals are into the business of marigold fields of Karnataka. Most of them do marigold field farming on a contract basis, having tie ups with wholesalers to city or somebody in export business. Sinceย Marigold requires mild climate they find it easy to cultivate the plants. Also marigold can be grown in a wide range of soils, as it is adapted in different soil types.

Local traders also buy for food coloring industries. But they do have their share of woes, lack of man power during harvest time, when time is precious. Any delay can cause rotting and then loss. It was a good learning experience for me talking to the young man in this shot. He seemed so matured in his thoughts and knowledge about market conditions and daily survival.

Marigold Fields of Karnataka


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40 Responses

  1. These are among my favorite flowers. These are wonderful images. Thanks for the story, too.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    I do love those colorful flowers, Indrani! Beautiful capture for the day! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    pretty crop, but i bet it is a hard harvest.

  4. Carletta says:

    That orange is very vibrant. I bet it was lovely to see in person.

  5. DeniseinVA says:

    Fascinating and your photos are wonderful. Thank you for being such a great supporter of Today's Flowers ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lovely! Orange is my favorite colour.

  7. Cloudia says:

    Wonderful post of the beauty behind the flowers!

    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

  8. Jo says:

    Beautiful, Indrani. I'm glad that this is a business in India. We have one of the largest flower export businesses in Kenya and I'm sorry I never had a chance to visit a farm while we lived there in 2011. Have a great day. Jo (Tanzania)

  9. Joop Zand says:

    lovely post indrani……well done.

  10. Jeevan says:

    Catching colors! Pretty captures

  11. Lovely beautiful flowers…:)

  12. Beautiful post and awesome capture.
    Thanks a lot for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Beautiful orange Marygold! I use Marigold in my homemade cream.
    As in Norway yielding harvest one times a year!
    Thanks so much for taking time to visit and comment on my site:-)


  14. Bibi says:

    One of my fondest memories of Southern India is the flowers…piles and piles of them, strands of marigolds, jasmine in the women's hair…wonderful. I was disappointed to see that there are considerably fewer flowers on the markets in the North.

  15. Lovely post ! .. 1st image is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. zooni khan says:

    awwwwww super wow photos

  17. Spiderdama says:

    So very beautiful flowers and color. I like the first photo very much:-)

  18. Very informative post, Indrani. I am sure the fields of the golden flower had been a sight to behold!

  19. Aditi says:

    Great shot and such an informative post too. I have also noticed that our farmers, daily wager class, labourers, despite being less educated know all about their trade and the economies of it all. They may not know the terms 'marketing', 'consumerism', 'economies of scale' but they certainly know how to work around them… After all it's a question of their daily bread!

  20. Shilpa says:

    I Love Marigold, this is one of my fav flowers. U r post is very informative thanks a lot for sharing…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. That part of Karnataka is just overwhelmingly beautiful, enjoy you trip

  22. You are blessed to see and share such beauty, life is so fast that in today's time we have no time to stop and enjoy the bounty and beauty of nature. Thank you for sharing, marigold beauty and bounty with us today.

  23. bushra M says:

    The pics are lovely! Got to know so much from this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Wow this looks stunning!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. juzta mom says:

    Beautiful image, good information and my favorite flowers. Have them at home in pots.

  26. Lovely pictures of Marigold flowers Indrani.

  27. says:

    they make life colourful and add on to auspicious occasions ๐Ÿ™‚ wonderful !!

  28. Neo Prady says:

    I too have been on this route.

  29. Beautiful! How much I want to waddle through the field full of flower and run like a Yash Raj heroine. Dekha ek khwab!

  30. WOW! I have never seen a whole field of marigolds before!

  31. Carver says:

    The flowers are gorgeous.

  32. Viola says:

    LOVELY flowers! so many of them!

  33. Hilary says:

    I;ve never seen marigolds growing so profusely. Beautiful.

  34. Lovely marigold field!

  35. Lovely! There are many enroute to Kolar too!

  36. I had seen sunflower in this route, not this one.. Good details

  37. Wow…such a gorgeous field of marigold!

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