The Q&A Archives: Have my Marigolds died?

Question: I noticed from some of the FAQ page that potted marigolds are 1 of the plants that can tolerate a 'light' level of frost or cold temperatures...We just planted them this past wknd when the weather was perfect outside at around 65 degrees. We also planted some rose bushes and rhododendrons...we watered everything well after mulching, but now our marigolds seem to be dying...Any suggestions??

Answer: Marigolds are sturdy little plants but they also sometimes suffer from transplant shock. I would give them a little more time to adjust to their new planting site. Marigolds will grow and bloom for a longer period of time if you regularly pinch off any dead flowers. Pinching them off will make the plants branch out and produce lots more flowers. Be patient with your marigolds. I think they will recover.

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