Plants that do not like to be close to other plants


Just as some plants will not grow in the shade, there are some plants that just aren’t meant to be placed next to each other. Nature is very competitive. These plant “enemies” fight for space, produce soil toxins to harm the other plant, they steal nutrients or even water, and “behave” in various other ways to harm the other plant. If you know what plants you should not grow next to each other, you will avoid unnecessary complications and disappointments. But nature is also accommodating, so there are also plants that complement each other and you actually want to plant them next to each other. However, in this article we shall focus on plants that do not like to be together.

Beans, onions and peppers

These plants are probably the best know species that do not like to be next to each other. Whether you grow white, red or any other beans, their biggest common enemy is onion but also other bulbous plants such as garlic, chives and leeks. Peas also have the same “enemy”. Never plant these crops next to each other! Beans also hate peppers in their vicinity and that goes for any peppers – sweet and hot ones.

Beans and plants that repel pests

Beans generally do not do well near plants that repel pests such as tagetes (marigolds) and others.

Broccoli, cauliflower and plants that love it hot

Broccoli and cauliflower do not like to be near heat-loving plants. Which ones? For example, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, zucchinis and various pumpkins.


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Enemies of tomatoes

Tomatoes are very common in European gardens. Did you know that even these popular plants have enemies from the plant kingdom? These are for example cilantro and another very popular vegetable – cucumbers! So make sure you plant them at a sufficient distance from each other!

Hated sunflower

If you want to grow sunflowers keep in mind that many other crops do not like sunflowers. To avoid hatred, plant the other plants 30 centimeters away and you will be ok.

Carrot and dill

Carrots and dill do not do well when near each other, so plant them far apart – on the opposite side of your garden. Strange indeed. They are excellent together when making pickles, but they don’t like to be next to each other in the garden…

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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