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How to Care for Pot Marigold

The pot marigold is a herbaceous perennial plant often recognized by its thick, orange-yellow blooms with numerous petals. Flowers of the pot marigold have a long history of table use. They are often served in salads or as a decoration. The flowers can also be made into a similarly-colored dye for foods, textiles, or cosmetic products.
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How to Water Pot marigold?

A proper watering regime will ensure maximum blooming. Keep the soil moist (but not soaking) all the time during the establishment phase. After that, water the plants once a week and keep in mind that pot marigold requires about 2.5 cm of water weekly. Pot marigold flowers best when the top 13 cm of the soil are evenly moist.
Pot marigold is a bit sensitive to overwatering because damp conditions create favorable conditions for root pathogens. Water generously, but let the top 2.5 to 5 cm of the soil dry before you water the plants again.
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What is the best way to water my Pot marigold?
To water Pot marigold, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Pot marigold is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Pot marigold as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Pot marigold that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Pot marigold, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Pot marigold too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Pot marigold is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Pot marigold is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Pot marigold that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Pot marigold, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Pot marigold?
Pot marigold needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Pot marigold. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Pot marigold grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Pot marigold that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Pot marigold a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Pot marigold need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Pot marigold. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Pot marigold. Typically, you should give your Pot marigold about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Pot marigold in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Pot marigold enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Pot marigold. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Pot marigold are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Pot marigold may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Pot marigold as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Pot marigold through the seasons?
You can expect your Pot marigold’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Pot marigold, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Pot marigold that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Pot marigold is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Pot marigold at different growth stages?
Pot marigold will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Pot marigold as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Pot marigold will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Pot marigold will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Pot marigold indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Pot marigold grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Pot marigold needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Pot marigold water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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How to Fertilize Pot marigold?

Pot marigold does not require fertilizing and might actually bloom less with an excess of nutrients in the soil. This is especially true if the plant is grown in rich garden soil. Some gardeners with soils that are more on the poor side like to add a bit of fertilizer to ensure that the plant has all the elements it needs.
Pot marigold likes slow-releasing fertilizers, so it is best to use organic compost or mulch. These improve the transpiration of gases, thermally isolate the plant and slowly release additional organic materials to the soil. Remember to leave empty space around the base of the plant, because if the mulch is in direct contact with the plant, it might invite root rot.
Don't add fertilizer:
  • to dry soil, it might damage the root system
  • during the growing season, as it might hinder flower production

Fertilizer

Pot marigold, a bright and cheerful annual or perennial as cool-weather annuals(tender perennial but is most often grown as an annual), is a welcome sign of gardening season to most. When it makes its first appearance in the stores and nurseries for the year, folks get right to work planning out their gardens to include Pot marigold amongst their favorites.
Plants need nutrients to survive; most gardeners, regardless of experience, are well aware of this factor. However, without food, Pot marigold will die out soon after the first pollination. Therefore, providing the right type of nutrients in the right amounts is the best way to keep Pot marigold going throughout the blooming season and producing large, beautiful flowers. Fertilizer also helps Pot marigold build a large, healthy root system. This plant needs all the help it can get since its root system is very thin and easily damaged. Fertilizing at planting helps Pot marigold build a solid root structure that not only provides stability to the plant, but also sets the stage for a sensational flowering performance. When timed correctly, fertilization can greatly extend Pot marigold's flowering period.
Pot marigold puts on tremendous growth early in the growing season, once the danger of the last frost has passed. It’s during this time that Pot marigold should be fertilized; more specifically, during planting. The idea is to apply when the plant is first planted in the ground or in planters; however you choose to plant it. This will be the only dose of fertilizer until later in the year, when blooms are in full force.Once the season is in full swing and Pot marigold has opened most of its blooms at full size, it’s time to start fertilizing again. Around the time when blooms are at peak output, begin fertilizing again once every three to four weeks, as weather permits. Then, after Pot marigold starts to put out fewer new blooms, stop fertilizing; there’s no need to fertilize when the plant can’t produce any more blooms.
Most types of Pot marigold need the same general balance of nutrients from fertilizer. These should come in the form of a fertilizer that’s formulated specifically for high-yield blooming plants. A fertilizer with a higher level of phosphorus is the best option. This type of fertilizer has a higher P number in its NPK number, for example 10-30-10.Several fertilizer brands sell a fertilizer that’s perfect for blooming plants like Pot marigold, which are an easy and fuss-free way to provide the right nutrients. If you do choose to use a pre-mixed fertilizer, follow the directions on the package to prevent Pot marigold from getting too much or too little fertilizer, both of which can cause the plant to grow poorly or even wilt entirely.Depending on the type of fertilizer you have, specific fertilizing instructions may vary. However, there are a few general tips for applying most types of fertilizer to Pot marigold. The first fertilizer application, which should be when you first plant Pot marigold, will likely consist of mixing the recommended amount of fertilizer into the soil before planting and watering in the Pot marigold. Subsequent fertilizing may look a little different. For pellet fertilizers, simply mix the pellets into the top inch of soil around the outer edge of the plant, where the roots are. Water them in very well at first, then water regularly after that. Other fertilizers may be mixed into a watering can and applied just like a regular watering. Follow any instructions on fertilizer packaging for consistency, but if you’d rather keep things on a regular schedule, shoot for every three to four weeks.
Over-fertilizing is a very easy mistake to make for first-time gardeners, or even for experienced gardeners trying out a new product. Fortunately, Pot marigold makes this issue known very well by displaying several signs of distress. You may notice that its leaves are yellowing quickly, the foliage may wilt, or new blooms may be under-developed. These are all clear signs of too much food.When you fertilize Pot marigold too frequently, you create uninhabitable soil conditions. Soil may become too hot, which is a term used to describe when soil is too saturated with minerals, nutrients, or compost, and ends up burning the roots of anything planted in it. It’s a good idea to flush out the soil well once a month or so, just by watering twice as much as normal with good drainage.
While regular fertilizing is important for Pot marigold, it absolutely can be applied at the wrong time. Some situations call for holding back the fertilizer once in a while. These are usually climate related, but they also include a variety of controllable factors. Essentially, when something is wrong with the plant, the soil, or the climate, wait it out until things have been smoothed over and the plant has recovered.An example of when not to fertilize is if there are severe or unexpected changes in the weather. If a cold nap suddenly comes in the middle of summer, wait until it’s warm again to start fertilizing. The same stands for if the soil becomes too dry or too packed to absorb anything. At this point, fertilizer will be going straight to the roots, rather than being diffused by soil before it reaches them. As you can imagine, the roots of Pot marigold aren’t very fond of that.When temperatures soar during the hottest parts of the day into the 90-degree fahrenheit range, don’t apply fertilizer. Since fertilizer can be broken down at various speeds depending on temperature, it’s especially important not to allow hot temperatures to break it down too quickly. Pests or diseases should also be treated and cleared up before re-fertilizing.
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Why do I need to fertilize my Pot marigold?
Plants need nutrients to survive; most gardeners, regardless of experience, are well aware of this factor. However, without food, Pot marigold will die out soon after the first pollination. Therefore, providing the right type of nutrients in the right amounts is the best way to keep Pot marigold going throughout the blooming season and producing large, beautiful flowers.
Fertilizer also helps Pot marigold build a large, healthy root system. This plant needs all the help it can get since its root system is very thin and easily damaged. Fertilizing at planting helps Pot marigold build a solid root structure that not only provides stability to the plant, but also sets the stage for a sensational flowering performance. When timed correctly, fertilization can greatly extend Pot marigold's flowering period.
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When is the best time to fertilize my Pot marigold?
Pot marigold puts on tremendous growth early in the growing season, once the danger of the last frost has passed. It’s during this time that Pot marigold should be fertilized; more specifically, during planting. The idea is to apply when the plant is first planted in the ground or in planters; however you choose to plant it. This will be the only dose of fertilizer until later in the year, when blooms are in full force.
Once the season is in full swing and Pot marigold has opened most of its blooms at full size, it’s time to start fertilizing again. Around the time when blooms are at peak output, begin fertilizing again once every three to four weeks, as weather permits. Then, after Pot marigold starts to put out fewer new blooms, stop fertilizing; there’s no need to fertilize when the plant can’t produce any more blooms.
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When should I avoid fertilizing my Pot marigold?
While regular fertilizing is important for Pot marigold, it absolutely can be applied at the wrong time. Some situations call for holding back the fertilizer once in a while. These are usually climate related, but they also include a variety of controllable factors. Essentially, when something is wrong with the plant, the soil, or the climate, wait it out until things have been smoothed over and the plant has recovered.
An example of when not to fertilize is if there are severe or unexpected changes in the weather. If a cold nap suddenly comes in the middle of summer, wait until it’s warm again to start fertilizing. The same stands for if the soil becomes too dry or too packed to absorb anything. At this point, fertilizer will be going straight to the roots, rather than being diffused by soil before it reaches them. As you can imagine, the roots of Pot marigold aren’t very fond of that.
When temperatures soar during the hottest parts of the day into the 90-degree fahrenheit range, don’t apply fertilizer. Since fertilizer can be broken down at various speeds depending on temperature, it’s especially important not to allow hot temperatures to break it down too quickly. Pests or diseases should also be treated and cleared up before re-fertilizing.
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What type of fertilizer does my Pot marigold need?
Most types of Pot marigold need the same general balance of nutrients from fertilizer. These should come in the form of a fertilizer that’s formulated specifically for high-yield blooming plants. A fertilizer with a higher level of phosphorus is the best option. This type of fertilizer has a higher P number in its NPK number, for example 10-30-10.
Several fertilizer brands sell a fertilizer that’s perfect for blooming plants like Pot marigold, which are an easy and fuss-free way to provide the right nutrients. If you do choose to use a pre-mixed fertilizer, follow the directions on the package to prevent Pot marigold from getting too much or too little fertilizer, both of which can cause the plant to grow poorly or even wilt entirely.
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How do I fertilize my Pot marigold?
Depending on the type of fertilizer you have, specific fertilizing instructions may vary. However, there are a few general tips for applying most types of fertilizer to Pot marigold. The first fertilizer application, which should be when you first plant Pot marigold, will likely consist of mixing the recommended amount of fertilizer into the soil before planting and watering in the Pot marigold.
Subsequent fertilizing may look a little different. For pellet fertilizers, simply mix the pellets into the top inch of soil around the outer edge of the plant, where the roots are. Water them in very well at first, then water regularly after that. Other fertilizers may be mixed into a watering can and applied just like a regular watering. Follow any instructions on fertilizer packaging for consistency, but if you’d rather keep things on a regular schedule, shoot for every three to four weeks.
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What happens if I fertilize my Pot marigold too much?
Over-fertilizing is a very easy mistake to make for first-time gardeners, or even for experienced gardeners trying out a new product. Fortunately, Pot marigold makes this issue known very well by displaying several signs of distress. You may notice that its leaves are yellowing quickly, the foliage may wilt, or new blooms may be under-developed. These are all clear signs of too much food.
When you fertilize Pot marigold too frequently, you create uninhabitable soil conditions. Soil may become too hot, which is a term used to describe when soil is too saturated with minerals, nutrients, or compost, and ends up burning the roots of anything planted in it. It’s a good idea to flush out the soil well once a month or so, just by watering twice as much as normal with good drainage.
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What Are the Sunlight Requirements for Pot marigold?

As pot marigold is native to warmer climates and needs a lot of sunlight. It needs full sun exposure, but will benefit from several hours in shade. If you keep your pot marigold indoors, you must provide them at least 6 hours of full sunlight, otherwise, they are not going to be able to produce full blooms. The sun may negatively affect them only during relentlessly hot and dry periods.
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How much sunlight should Pot marigold get per day to grow healthily?
You must expose the plants to at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily. They prefer more exposure to the morning light, especially in the summer. The Pot marigold needs full sun and more sunlight that it can get. The more light these species get, the more they can manufacture food, produce beautiful blooms, and survive.
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What type of sunlight does Pot marigold need?
The Pot marigold grows best under full sunlight. It's best not to crowd them together so they can get exposure to the sun evenly. The leaves shouldn't be starved with sunlight. If planted in pots, try to expose the herbaceous flowers in windows with direct sun and ensure they receive full sunlight regardless of the months.
They don't tend to do well in partial or filtered light as this will not produce strong stems and healthy flowers. It's best if the Pot marigold is always exposed to the sun.
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Can sunlight hurt plants? How to protect Pot marigold from sun and heat damage?
When the temperature rises above 90℉(32℃), the Pot marigold can get damaged by extreme temperatures, especially if they are exposed to many hours of sun. It's always ideal for providing some shade from the light in the afternoon in the summer. It's always important to keep in mind that the sunlight in the summer is stronger than the one in the winter. Sunlight exposure is also 50% longer in the summer than in the winter.
If the Pot marigold is too stressed with sunlight, you might want to keep them fully hydrated. Water them when the top of the soil is about 2 inches dry, and move the plants indoors if it's too hot outside. This is the case if they are planted in containers.
It can be normal for the plant leaves to wilt during the day. Generally, they can recover at night. However, when you notice that the Pot marigold is still drooping, this means that the plant is losing water fast, and you need to water them.
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Should I protect Pot marigold from sun exposure?
The Pot marigold does not need any protection from the sun. In fact, they love the sun, and some species are heliotropic. Plant them in south-facing gardens whenever possible so they can be exposed from morning to afternoon. While the sun can benefit them, some may experience a sunburn. You might offer protection from the afternoon and midday sun through a shade of a tree or a wall.
Growing the Pot marigold in shady areas is impossible because the larger flowers would require a lot of energy to grow and produce. Always provide the lighting conditions and set them in an area with full sun for best results.
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What will happen if Pot marigold gets inadequate sunlight?
When the Pot marigold does not get adequate sunlight, or they are not placed in full sun locations, it's worth noting that the photosynthetic process will slow down. A lack of sunlight will cause the stems to become more leggy since they become thin and long since they tend to seek too much sunlight. They will not bloom and produce seeds in the shade.
Inadequate sunlight will also mean that the older leaves can die, the color of the new ones is lighter than the old foliage, and the new growth is smaller than the last ones.
The Pot marigold indeed loves the sun so much. However, they can wilt when exposed to excessive heat and ultraviolet light during the extreme summer months, so be careful. You might want to cover them with a net that has a green shade, especially in the summer, to prevent the leaves and the flowers from scorching. When they are indoors, reduce the heat with the help of a fan.
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Does Pot marigold need special care about sunlight during its different growth stages?
When the Pot marigold is growing, they need more light than their mature counterparts. The younger ones should receive adequate light, but they might not be prepared for sudden full sunlight, especially if they are grown in a nursery. They can be more sensitive to the summer sun, so the lighting should be gradual and slow.
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How much light does Pot marigold need for photosynthesis?
During summer or late spring, the Pot marigold needs 6 to 8 hours of direct light every single day. This is whether they are planted outdoors. If the Pot marigold is planted in pots or you're growing them in the winter, they need direct fluorescent lights that help them grow better. Make sure to place them in an indoor area where they are facing south or east so they can have enough sunlight for photosynthesis.
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Are there any cautions or tips for sunlight and Pot marigold?
When transplanting the plants, they should not be exposed to sudden sunlight. Give the Pot marigold to grow and mature before transplanting outside. Some species of herbaceous plants can grow taller and might cast a shade on other young plants. Allow between 80 to 100 days of growing season before planting another batch to ensure that every plant receives more than enough sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.
Make sure that the Pot marigold receives the best light possible, especially if it's planted in a nursery. These are sun-loving plants, but too much sunlight with a very hot temperature is also detrimental to their growth. Indoor lights should be replaced with natural sunlight as much as possible since these species crave this every day.
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How to Prune Pot marigold?

Pot marigold requires little to no pruning, but it can benefit from it. Pinching off the tops of the plants after the establishment phase will encourage them to grow fuller and bushier. Deadheading of the spent flowers will stimulate the growth of new blossoms throughout the season. Deadheading is easily done by cutting the spent blossoms at their base. This should be performed regularly during the blooming season for best effects. Use sharp pruners and always disinfect your tools before and after each cut to prevent the spread of any hidden diseases.
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Is pruning necessary for my Pot marigold?
Pot marigold is a kind of annual plant so it doesn't need much pruning. You only need to cut off and clean the diseased, yellow or dropped leaves and stems during its growing period. This will help your Pot marigold to stay away from pathogens infection.
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How do I prune my Pot marigold?
During the growth of the plant, yellowing, drying and spotted leaves are produced, and these spotted and discolored leaves need to be trimmed off. If the whole piece of leave is discolored or infected, you will need to cut it off completely. In other situations, you will only need to cut off the discolored or infected part on certain leaves. Pot marigold above the ground will die and dry up in the winter, and the dead plants need to be cleaned up.
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Are there any cautions I should be careful with when pruning my Pot marigold?
Pot marigold leaves are delicate, so take care not to score or bruise them. Unless the leaves are withered or heavily discolored, do not prune the leaves from the lowermost branches unless they’re damaged. They typically grow the largest, so they supply the plant with critical energy to keep it growing right. Please prevent the wounds from water after pruning until they are fully recovered. Remember always sterilize the tools before pruning. When the pruning is finished, please throw all the waste leaves and stems into the trashbins to avoid diseases and bugs.
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Are there any tips for pruning my Pot marigold?
  1. Sterilize all the tools before pruning; unclean tools will pass pathogens to the plant through wounds;
  2. Prune on sunny days because the new cuts will be infected by pathogens if they're distained by rain or water.
  3. Throw all the waste leaves and stems into trashbins, they will easily rot and attract diseases and bugs
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When should/shouldn't I prune my Pot marigold?
Expect to prune your Pot marigold every week if it’s growing well or every two weeks if it grows slowly. It is always good to prune it on sunny days because if you prune it on rainy days, the rainwater will distain the cuts and cause the whole plant to be infected.
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What should I look for when pruning my Pot marigold in different seasons?
Because Pot marigold is an annual plant, the pruning should take place basically during the seasons that the plant grows rapidly. During the growth of the plant, yellowing, drying and spotted leaves are produced, and these spotted and discolored leaves need to be trimmed off.
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What is the Ideal Temperature Range for Pot marigold?

Pot marigold is a resilient plant and thrives in warm weather. However, in USDA zones bellow 8, they cannot be grown outside during the winter months. The lowest temperature range in which pot marigold can grow is between -12 ℃ and 4 ℃.
Pot marigold does not require much water, apart from a good soaking while they are establishing in the soil. After that, they will basically be fine with the standard 2.5 cm of rainfall each week. Pot marigold should only be watered if your climate doesn't provide enough precipitation. Generous watering once a week will provide enough moisture to your pot marigold.
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What is the optimal temperature for Pot marigold?
The best temperature for Pot marigold depends on the time of year. There are two primary seasons to discuss for temperature: the growing season, and the dormancy season. During the growing season, once Pot marigold has begun to sprout, the ideal temperature range should be anywhere from 65~80℉(18~27℃). Any colder than 15℉(-10℃), and the plant will suffer; its leaves may brown and wilt, but if this is a short cold snap, then Pot marigold may be able to survive with some help.
During the warmer parts of the year, Pot marigold will need to be similarly protected from temperatures that are too high. 95-105℉ (35-40℃) is the top of this plant’s temperature range, and anything above that will compromise the integrity of the foliage and blooms of Pot marigold. Hotter temperatures can cause wilting, drooping, and even sunburn on the leaves, which can be difficult for Pot marigold to recover from. There are quite a few ways to combat this issue that are quick and easy!
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Temperature requirements for first year or seedling Pot marigold
If this is the first year of your Pot marigold outside as a new plant, then it may need a little extra tending during the coldest months of the year. Not only can frost more severely damage a first-year Pot marigold, but it can also prevent it from growing back as a healthy plant come spring. This plant needs to be kept at 40℉(5℃) or above when they’re not yet established, which can be done either by bringing your Pot marigold inside for a month or two, or putting up mulch or fabric barriers that protect from frost damage.
It’s also a good idea to plant Pot marigold in a shadier spot during the first year or two, as smaller and weaker plants have a more difficult time maintaining their own temperatures in the heat. First-year Pot marigold should receive no more than five hours of direct sunlight per day, particularly if the ambient daytime temperature gets above 80℉(27℃). Shadecloth and frequent watering or misting are the keys to summer heat control.
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How can I protect Pot marigold from extreme temperatures?
If cold temperatures (below 15℉(-10℃)) do occur during the growing season, there are a few measures you can take to help protect Pot marigold from frost or cold damage. If you’re growing Pot marigold in a container, then the container can simply be brought inside in bright, indirect light until the temperatures rise up over the lower threshold again. Another option that’s better suited for ground-planted Pot marigold is to use mulch or horticultural fabric to create an insulated barrier around the plant, which will protect the plant from frost and cold wind.
For temperatures that are hotter than 80℉(27℃) in the shade during the day, be careful to only expose Pot marigold to six hours or less of sunlight per day, preferably in the morning hours. Putting up shade cloth, or a fine plastic mesh, can help reduce the amount of direct sunlight that hits the plant during the hottest parts of the day. You can also install a misting system that allows for a slow release of cooling mist around the base of the plant during the day to lower ground temperatures.
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Dormant season temperature recommendations for Pot marigold
During the cold winter months, Pot marigold needs a certain measure of cold in order to stay in dormancy until it’s time to sprout. Sprouting too early, that is before the danger of the last frost has passed, can be fatal to Pot marigold, especially if it’s already had a head start when the frost hits. Winter temperatures should ideally stay below 32℉(0℃), but if they get up to 40℉(5℃), everything will be just fine.
An unexpected warm spell during the cold months, which can happen in more temperate climates like woodland rainforests, can trigger a premature sprout from Pot marigold. In this case, if there’s still imminent danger of frost, you may want to try covering it with clear plastic on stakes so that the cold has less of a chance of damaging the new sprout. This setup can be removed when the danger of frost has passed. Occasionally, Pot marigold will be able to resprout at the correct time without any help, but this method increases the chances of a successful second sprouting.
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What Soil is Best for Pot marigold?

Pot marigold is very adaptable when it comes to soil type. Generally, deep and fertile soil that is rich in organic matter will provide perfect growing conditions to your pot marigold. However, keep in mind that soil needs to have good drainage, as damp soil is the "Achilles heel" of these flowers. Consequently, a sandy or loam mixture will work best, as it will provide enough drainage and aeration. Pot marigold is also somewhat tolerant in regards to soil acidity, provided that the soil pH doesn't drop below 5.8.
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How to Plant Pot marigold?

Pot marigold can be planted in the garden or indoors, and are commonly propagated by seeds. Amend the drainage and boost the nutrient content in the soil for young seedlings by adding some organic compost. Sow pot marigold seeds 2.5 cm deep into the soil, and at least 2.5 cm apart. The soil needs to be kept moist for 1-2 weeks during germination process.
You can sow pot marigold in late winter, as the seedlings need at least 5-6 weeks before they can be transplanted outside. Blooming time will differ depending on the variety, but usually pot marigold flowers about 12 weeks after sowing.
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How to Transplant Pot marigold?

Transplant your pot marigold during the delightful days of mid to late spring, as it's the perfect time for this plant to thrive. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location, ensuring the soil is well-draining. A friendly reminder: Gently handle the delicate roots while transplanting for a successful growth journey.
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How to Repot Pot marigold?

Needs excellent drainage in pots
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More Info on Pot Marigold Growth and Care

Basic Care Guide
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Water
Every week
Pot marigold is native to southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean region. It thrives in dry to moderately moist environments with well-drained soil. This plant's natural habitat indicates its preference for infrequent watering, as it is adapted to drought-like conditions. It's important to allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions to prevent overwatering, as pot marigold is susceptible to root rot. Aim to water deeply, ensuring the root zone is thoroughly soaked, but avoid waterlogged soil.
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Lighting
Full sun
Pot marigold thrives when exposed to a generous amount of light daily. It tolerates conditions with slightly less light, though optimum growth is achieved with larger sun exposure. Overly shaded environments may be detrimental, potentially hindering its healthy development. Originating from an environment with considerable light exposure, it adapts well to similar conditions.
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Temperature
0 43 ℃
Pot marigold is native to a moderate climate with optimal growth temperatures of 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). It prefers consistently warm conditions, requiring adjustments in chillier seasons to maintain heat.
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Transplant
6-12 inches
Transplant your pot marigold during the delightful days of mid to late spring, as it's the perfect time for this plant to thrive. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location, ensuring the soil is well-draining. A friendly reminder: Gently handle the delicate roots while transplanting for a successful growth journey.
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Feng shui direction
Southwest
Pot marigold is considered auspicious in Feng Shui, symbolizing prosperity, protection, and warmth. When placed in the Southwest facing direction, it enhances harmony and relationship energy, as this sector is governed by the Earth element, thus promoting both stability and love.
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Seasonal Care Tips

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Annuals like this plant require some care in the spring to promote healthy growth and encourage summer blooming.

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Depending on the climate, annuals may require daily watering after spring planting. A good rule to follow is to water whenever the top layer of soil begins drying out.
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Adding fertilizer to the soil will help promote healthy growth. Use a balanced, all-purpose plant food monthly in the spring.
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After sowing the seeds, place any container plants in a sunny location. If planting in the garden, ensure the area receives plenty of sunlight.

This plant and other annuals benefit from some care in the summer.

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Keep the soil consistently moist, especially when rainfall is scarce. When the plant’s leaves begin losing some of the glossy shine, it’s time to water.
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Continue to apply monthly applications of an all-purpose fertilizer.
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Remove any spent blooms to encourage reflowering.
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Ensure the plant is still receiving several hours of sunlight. Container plants may require relocating to another area.
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Keep an eye out for any pests and diseases and remove debris from around the plant’s base.

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Continue to care for your plant by watering, and fertilizing with the all-purpose mixture. These steps will keep your plant moist, shiny, and well-fed. If you'd rather not have your plant spread via seeds, then deadhead those spent blooms.
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Some annuals may benefit from being cut back by 1/4 during the autumn.
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To attempt to propagate more plants during the fall, you can either let your plant go to seed or sow the seeds yourself.
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Depending on the variety, some plants do best in full sun while others need partial shade.

Your plant will only require minimal care during the colder winter months.

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To overwinter your plant best, move it to a pot and bring it indoors, or take a cutting and propagate a new plant. As long as it isn't exposed to colder temperatures, there's a chance that your annual plant can thrive and last until spring, depending on the variety of your plant.
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Make sure you continue providing enough light and occasional water for your overwintering annual to give it the best chance.
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Common Pests & Diseases

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Flower withering
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Caterpillars
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Solutions: Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers. For severe cases: Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps. For less severe cases: Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
Wilting after blooming
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Wilting after blooming
Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: Check the soil or potting medium. Coarse textures can allow water to drain too rapidly, preventing the plant from taking up enough. If the soil and roots seem very dry, add sphagnum moss or other mediums that hold water. Water according to recommendations for each plant's species. Low humidity can be corrected by misting the plant regularly or placing it near a humidifier. Keeping it near other plants helps, too. Keep the environment consistent in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. Keep it away from vents, heaters, and air conditioners, and avoid moving it to locations where it will experience a temperature shock. Hot, dry heat, and cold drafts are problematic for many plants. Especially if the plant is outside, it could be experiencing heat or light stress. Try moving it to a shadier location.
Leaf rot
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Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Solutions: Bacterial infections need to be treated quickly to prevent the spread to neighboring, healthy plants, potentially wiping out large sections of your indoor or outdoor garden. In mild cases: Use sterilized (10% bleach solution) pruning shears or scissors to remove any infected plant parts, making sure to dispose of them off site. Use a copper-based bactericide to treat the unaffected foliage, as well as the soil, and neighboring plants. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label. In severe cases, where more than half the leaves are affected: Remove all of the infected plants from the garden, disposing of them off site. Treat the soil and neighboring plants using a copper-based bactericide. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
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The entire plant may dry out due to dieback or normal seasonal dormancy.
Solutions: The solution for a dried out plant depends on the cause, so determine the cause before selecting a treatment method. Adjust your watering: Stick your finger in the soil near the roots. If it feels bone dry or overly saturated, you need to adjust your watering frequency accordingly. Prune back dead foliage: Snip off any brown stems and leaves on the plant to make space for new growth. This encourages the roots to send up fresh stems. Move to a proper environment. This may involve decreasing or increasing sun exposure, depending on the species. Decrease fertilizer applications. If you have applied too much fertilizer, you can repot plants with fresh potting soil. Wait. If your plant has dried out as daylight is decreasing, it is entering dormancy. Decrease watering and wait until the plant resumes growth.
Aged yellow and dry
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Flower withering
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Overview
Overview
Caterpillars can cause problems for home gardeners. If not managed, these insects can defoliate a plant in just a matter of days. However, home gardeners face a challenge because these caterpillars eventually turn into beautiful butterflies and moths, which are important for pollination and the general ecosystem.
There are thousands of different species of caterpillars and many will only target certain plants. If caterpillars are posing a problem, they can be removed by hand, or gardeners can use insect-proof netting to protect their valuable plants.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. During the warmer months, butterflies and moths that visit gardens will lay their eggs on the underside of leaves.
When the tiny eggs hatch, the young larvae emerge and start feeding on the leaves of the plant. Depending on how many larvae have hatched, they can easily defoliate the plant in a very short period of time. Caterpillars will shed their skin as they grow, around 4 or 5 times during this feeding cycle.
Symptoms of caterpillars eating plants appear as holes in the leaves. The edges of the leaves may be eaten away as well, and flowers can be affected as well.
Some are easy to see, but others need to be searched for. This is because their bodies are often camouflaged to look like part of the plant. Gardeners need to look carefully along the stems of the plant as well as under the leaves. Also, look for tiny white, yellow, or brown eggs that can be found in groups on the underside of leaves.
Once the caterpillar is fully grown, it transforms into a pupa or chrysalis. Then, after a period of time that varies according to the species, a butterfly or moth will emerge from the pupa and the cycle begins again.
Solutions
Solutions
Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers.
For severe cases:
  1. Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects.
  2. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans.
  3. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps.
For less severe cases:
  1. Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water.
  2. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
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Wilting after blooming
Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
Overview
Overview
Wilting after blooming is sometimes a natural aging process of the flower, while other times it may indicate a problem. Orchids, for example, can bloom for anywhere from two weeks to three months, so wilting after a few days signals a problem for most varieties. This can happen to virtually any ornamental flowering plant, but those with shallow roots and limited tolerance for drought, full sun, and low humidity are more susceptible.
This is a common problem, and often has an easy fix. Sometimes, however, it is the result of more serious causes such as pests or disease of the root system.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  • At first, flowers may look a little limp.
  • Petals may start to appear dried out and turn brown.
  • Eventually they may drop off the plant all together.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Wilting blooms can be a sign of an unhealthy root system. Any condition that prevents the plant from absorbing enough water and nutrition can result in wilting blooms and sometimes other symptoms. If the plant doesn’t have enough water, it cannot maintain appropriate pressure within stems, leaves, and blooms, causing them to wilt.
This can result from physical damage – for example from root breakage during re-potting or attack by insects like cutworms. If you recently re-potted your plant, physical damage to the roots is a likely cause. If you see insects, they may be eating leaves, roots, or flowers. Fungal infections can also cause root rot and damage, preventing water and nutrient uptake.
Finally, wilting blooms can result simply from age. If no other symptoms are visible, it may simply signal the natural end of the flower’s lifespan. If it seems premature, this may be caused by environmental factors: water, humidity, light, or stress. Under-watering is a common cause. Similarly, plants adapted to high humidity dry out easily when humidity is low, like during winter or in dry climates. Too much light can also stress plants that need shade, causing blooms to wilt.
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Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Overview
Overview
Leaf rot is very common among both house plants and garden plants. It affects foliage and occurs mainly when the leaves become wet due to rain or misting by the gardener. The cause is fungal disease and this is facilitated by the fungal spores adhering to wet leaves then penetrating the leaf and expanding rapidly. Damp conditions and poor air circulation will increase chances of infection taking place. Another factor are leaves that are damaged or have been penetrated by sap sucking insects that facilitate plant penetration.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  1. Spores are able to cling to a damp leaf and penetrate, often through an existing wound.
  2. A small dark brown mark appears which expands rapidly as sporulation starts to take place.
  3. Quite quickly these bull's eye like circles can link together and the whole leaf turns dark and loses texture.
  4. Leaf drop occurs.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
These symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection invading the plant. Bacteria from many sources in the environment (air, water, soil, diseased plants) enter a plant through wounds, or in some cases the stomata when they are open. Once inside the leaf tissue, the bacteria feed and reproduce quickly, breaking down healthy leaves.
Bacterial infections threaten most plant species, and are more prominent in wet weather that more easily transfers the bacteria from plant to plant, or from soil to plant.
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The entire plant may dry out due to dieback or normal seasonal dormancy.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant has dried out and turned brown. It might be starting to wilt, with no noticeable green around the stems and leaves. Touch the leaves, and they may crinkle under your fingers.
Possible causes of a dried out plant include:
  1. Not enough water. A lack of water will lead to dry plant tissue.
  2. Too much water. Watering too much can lead to root rot which makes the plant struggle to take up water. Rotted, mushy roots are a sign of overeating.
  3. Entering dormancy. As perennial plants enter their resting period known as dormancy, their leaves dry out and may fall off. This happens during decreasing day length.
  4. Exposure to herbicides and other toxic substances. If a plant is hit with a large dose herbicide or other toxic chemical, the plant will turn brown.
  5. Too much fertility. An excess of fertilizer can prevent plants from taking up water, leading to drying.
  6. Improper sun exposure. Just like humans, plants can get sunburn by intense, direct light. Plants can also dry out if they don’t receive enough light.
To determine whether the plant is still alive and can be saved, you can:
  1. Bend a stem. If the stem is pliable, the plant is still alive. If the stem breaks, the plant is dead.
  2. Gently scratch the stem with your fingernail for signs of green inside. If your plant is dead, the stem will be brittle and brown throughout.
  3. Cut the stems back a little bit a time for visible green growth. If none of the stems have visible green growth, the plant is dead.
Solutions
Solutions
The solution for a dried out plant depends on the cause, so determine the cause before selecting a treatment method.
  1. Adjust your watering: Stick your finger in the soil near the roots. If it feels bone dry or overly saturated, you need to adjust your watering frequency accordingly.
  2. Prune back dead foliage: Snip off any brown stems and leaves on the plant to make space for new growth. This encourages the roots to send up fresh stems.
  3. Move to a proper environment. This may involve decreasing or increasing sun exposure, depending on the species.
  4. Decrease fertilizer applications. If you have applied too much fertilizer, you can repot plants with fresh potting soil.
  5. Wait. If your plant has dried out as daylight is decreasing, it is entering dormancy. Decrease watering and wait until the plant resumes growth.
Prevention
Prevention
Prevention involves providing your plant with the proper environment.
  1. Provide the proper amount of water. The amount of water depends on a plant’s size, species, and environment. A general rule is to allow soil to dry out between waterings.
  2. Place plants in the proper environment. Provide the proper hours of sun and temperature for your individual plant.
  3. Provide proper fertility. Most plants only need to be fertilized once or twice a year; don’t overapply.
  4. Keep plants free from toxic substances. Keep herbicides and toxic household chemicals away from your plants.
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
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Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
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More About Pot Marigold

Plant Type
Plant Type
Herb
Lifespan
Lifespan
Annual, Biennial, Perennial
Spread
Spread
25 to 50 cm
Bloom Time
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall, Early winter
Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange
Yellow
Gold
Red
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
Flower Size
4 to 5 cm
Plant Height
Plant Height
20 to 80 cm

Name story

Pot marigold
The common name of pot marigold is derived from the combination of mary and gold because the gold flowers that bloomed during the festivals of the Virgin Mary in Renaissance times were often used in cooking.

Usages

Garden Use
Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) is a time-honored garden favorite that brings bright colors with abundant flowers over a very long blooming period. It has many garden uses, adding vivacity to beds, borders, rock gardens, and ground cover. It adds charm to vegetable gardens, cottage gardens, and herb gardens. Pot marigold is also a good choice for containers and grows well with salad vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, and carrots.
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Common Problems

The leaves on my pot marigold have started to show yellow tips. Why is this happening?

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If you have used some fertilizer recently, the answer is simple - leaf burn. This is a common issue with pot marigold and is usually the result of boron or manganese excess. The yellowing usually starts from tips and margins of the leaves and moves inwards. Easily remedied- just follow manufacturer instructions for fertilizer applications, and do not add fertilizers to dry soil.

I have planted the seeds of my multicolored pot marigold from the previous year, and this year all flowers are orange. How is this possible?

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This usually happens because the original plants were hybrids, and in the following generation, the seeds have reverted to the previous flower phenotype (single-colored). If you wish to propagate multi-colored pot marigold, you must buy a non-hybrid variety.
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Whole Plant
Symmetrical crown, evenly distributed branches, full and compact shape, no excessive growth, close internodes, and uniform leaf size.
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Flowers
Many unopened flower buds are closely attached, without falling off easily when shaken, and show no diseased spots or wilting on the petals.
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Branches
The branches are not withered, and the trunk is free of boreholes or damage.
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Stems
No mold, browning or soft rot at the base of the plant.
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Leaves
Check the inside of the plant, shaded and overlapping areas, back of leaves. Even colour, no yellowing, no brown spots, no crawling insects, no cobwebs, no deformities, no wilting.
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Health Troubleshooting

Whole Plant
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more 1 Asymmetrical crown or missing, uneven branching: prune the weak and slender branches of the larger portion of the asymmetrical crown, then trim the overgrown larger branches.
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more 2 Internodes are longer in the upper part, leaves are sparse and smaller on top: increase light intensity or duration.
Branches
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more 1 Dry branches: check if the branch is still alive by peeling back a small section of bark and trim away any dry branches. Watch out for signs of insect infestation inside the branch.
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more 2 Bark with holes: inject insecticide into the holes and apply systemic insecticide to the roots.
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more 3 Damaged bark: brush on a wound-healing agent, and avoid getting it wet.
Stems
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Mildew, browning, or soft rot at the base: place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment and water with fungicide.
Flowers
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more 1 Many flowers have already bloomed: lower the temperature in the environment to extend the flowering period. Prune any dying flowers in a timely manner to prevent nutrient depletion.
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more 2 Flower bud dropping: keep temperature at 15-25℃, place in bright but shaded area, water frequently, and avoid fertilizing.
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more 3 Flower petals have spots or disease: avoid spraying water directly onto the petals.
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more 4 Flower wilting: avoid soil that is too wet or too dry. When touching the soil with your finger, it should feel moist but not leave any water traces on your finger.
Leaves
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more 1 Uneven leaf color and yellowing: prune yellow leaves and check if there are signs of rot at the base of the plant. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 2 Brown spots or small yellow spots: place the plant in a ventilated area and avoid watering the leaves. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 3 Tiny crawling insects on the back of leaves or spider webs between leaves: increase light exposure and spray with insecticide for severe cases.
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more 4 Deformations or missing parts on leaves: determine if it's physical damage or pest infestation. Linear or tearing damage is physical, while the rest are pests. Spray with insecticide.
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more 5 Wilting leaves: provide partial shade and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves for severe cases.
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Soil should smell fresh like after a rain and no musty odor.
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Ensure outdoor temperature is suitable for plants.
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Soil smells musty or foul: check the root system for decay, place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment, and water with fungicide.
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Temperature is too low: Temporarily move the plants indoors and then to outdoors when temperature is suitable.
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Non-ventilated environment: can lead to root rot, diseases, and flower drop. Place the plants in an airy location avoiding dead spots.
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Full sun, Partial sun
Insufficient light: reduce light appropriately during flowering period but not a fully shaded environment. After flowering, move to normal cultivation environment. For plants with long flowering and fruiting periods, provide normal light to avoid shortening.
Transplant recovery: After transplanting, pot plants should be temporarily shaded, then moved to normal light after a week if no abnormal drop or wilting. In-ground plants, shade for a week and then transfer to normal light or just pay attention to watering.
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Prune residual flowers, yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
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Water appropriately. Water more frequently for newly transplanted or purchased plants to keep the soil consistently moist for at least 2 weeks. Avoid overwatering, do not water when there is water on your finger after touching the soil. Both underwatering and overwatering can cause plants to drop their flowers or fruit.
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Repotting potted plants: Wait until flowering ends. Repotting in-ground plants: Be careful not to harm roots/soil.
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, and yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
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Watering
Water new plants more often for 2 weeks. Avoid over/under watering by checking the soil.
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Don't fertilize just after purchase. Fertilize after 2 weeks using half concentration.
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Long flowering plants need normal light. Shade transplants for a week, then move to normal light.
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Repotting
Repotting potted plants: Wait until flowering ends. Repotting in-ground plants: Be careful not to harm roots/soil.
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, and yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
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Water new plants more often for 2 weeks. Avoid over/under watering by checking the soil.
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Don't fertilize just after purchase. Fertilize after 2 weeks using half concentration.
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Long flowering plants need normal light. Shade transplants for a week, then move to normal light.
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How to Care for Pot Marigold

The pot marigold is a herbaceous perennial plant often recognized by its thick, orange-yellow blooms with numerous petals. Flowers of the pot marigold have a long history of table use. They are often served in salads or as a decoration. The flowers can also be made into a similarly-colored dye for foods, textiles, or cosmetic products.
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How to Water Pot marigold?

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A proper watering regime will ensure maximum blooming. Keep the soil moist (but not soaking) all the time during the establishment phase. After that, water the plants once a week and keep in mind that pot marigold requires about 2.5 cm of water weekly. Pot marigold flowers best when the top 13 cm of the soil are evenly moist.
Pot marigold is a bit sensitive to overwatering because damp conditions create favorable conditions for root pathogens. Water generously, but let the top 2.5 to 5 cm of the soil dry before you water the plants again.
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How to Fertilize Pot marigold?

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Pot marigold does not require fertilizing and might actually bloom less with an excess of nutrients in the soil. This is especially true if the plant is grown in rich garden soil. Some gardeners with soils that are more on the poor side like to add a bit of fertilizer to ensure that the plant has all the elements it needs.
Pot marigold likes slow-releasing fertilizers, so it is best to use organic compost or mulch. These improve the transpiration of gases, thermally isolate the plant and slowly release additional organic materials to the soil. Remember to leave empty space around the base of the plant, because if the mulch is in direct contact with the plant, it might invite root rot.
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  • during the growing season, as it might hinder flower production
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Pot marigold, a bright and cheerful annual or perennial as cool-weather annuals(tender perennial but is most often grown as an annual), is a welcome sign of gardening season to most. When it makes its first appearance in the stores and nurseries for the year, folks get right to work planning out their gardens to include Pot marigold amongst their favorites.
Plants need nutrients to survive; most gardeners, regardless of experience, are well aware of this factor. However, without food, Pot marigold will die out soon after the first pollination. Therefore, providing the right type of nutrients in the right amounts is the best way to keep Pot marigold going throughout the blooming season and producing large, beautiful flowers. Fertilizer also helps Pot marigold build a large, healthy root system. This plant needs all the help it can get since its root system is very thin and easily damaged. Fertilizing at planting helps Pot marigold build a solid root structure that not only provides stability to the plant, but also sets the stage for a sensational flowering performance. When timed correctly, fertilization can greatly extend Pot marigold's flowering period.
Pot marigold puts on tremendous growth early in the growing season, once the danger of the last frost has passed. It’s during this time that Pot marigold should be fertilized; more specifically, during planting. The idea is to apply when the plant is first planted in the ground or in planters; however you choose to plant it. This will be the only dose of fertilizer until later in the year, when blooms are in full force.Once the season is in full swing and Pot marigold has opened most of its blooms at full size, it’s time to start fertilizing again. Around the time when blooms are at peak output, begin fertilizing again once every three to four weeks, as weather permits. Then, after Pot marigold starts to put out fewer new blooms, stop fertilizing; there’s no need to fertilize when the plant can’t produce any more blooms.
Most types of Pot marigold need the same general balance of nutrients from fertilizer. These should come in the form of a fertilizer that’s formulated specifically for high-yield blooming plants. A fertilizer with a higher level of phosphorus is the best option. This type of fertilizer has a higher P number in its NPK number, for example 10-30-10.Several fertilizer brands sell a fertilizer that’s perfect for blooming plants like Pot marigold, which are an easy and fuss-free way to provide the right nutrients. If you do choose to use a pre-mixed fertilizer, follow the directions on the package to prevent Pot marigold from getting too much or too little fertilizer, both of which can cause the plant to grow poorly or even wilt entirely.Depending on the type of fertilizer you have, specific fertilizing instructions may vary. However, there are a few general tips for applying most types of fertilizer to Pot marigold. The first fertilizer application, which should be when you first plant Pot marigold, will likely consist of mixing the recommended amount of fertilizer into the soil before planting and watering in the Pot marigold. Subsequent fertilizing may look a little different. For pellet fertilizers, simply mix the pellets into the top inch of soil around the outer edge of the plant, where the roots are. Water them in very well at first, then water regularly after that. Other fertilizers may be mixed into a watering can and applied just like a regular watering. Follow any instructions on fertilizer packaging for consistency, but if you’d rather keep things on a regular schedule, shoot for every three to four weeks.
Over-fertilizing is a very easy mistake to make for first-time gardeners, or even for experienced gardeners trying out a new product. Fortunately, Pot marigold makes this issue known very well by displaying several signs of distress. You may notice that its leaves are yellowing quickly, the foliage may wilt, or new blooms may be under-developed. These are all clear signs of too much food.When you fertilize Pot marigold too frequently, you create uninhabitable soil conditions. Soil may become too hot, which is a term used to describe when soil is too saturated with minerals, nutrients, or compost, and ends up burning the roots of anything planted in it. It’s a good idea to flush out the soil well once a month or so, just by watering twice as much as normal with good drainage.
While regular fertilizing is important for Pot marigold, it absolutely can be applied at the wrong time. Some situations call for holding back the fertilizer once in a while. These are usually climate related, but they also include a variety of controllable factors. Essentially, when something is wrong with the plant, the soil, or the climate, wait it out until things have been smoothed over and the plant has recovered.An example of when not to fertilize is if there are severe or unexpected changes in the weather. If a cold nap suddenly comes in the middle of summer, wait until it’s warm again to start fertilizing. The same stands for if the soil becomes too dry or too packed to absorb anything. At this point, fertilizer will be going straight to the roots, rather than being diffused by soil before it reaches them. As you can imagine, the roots of Pot marigold aren’t very fond of that.When temperatures soar during the hottest parts of the day into the 90-degree fahrenheit range, don’t apply fertilizer. Since fertilizer can be broken down at various speeds depending on temperature, it’s especially important not to allow hot temperatures to break it down too quickly. Pests or diseases should also be treated and cleared up before re-fertilizing.
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What Are the Sunlight Requirements for Pot marigold?

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As pot marigold is native to warmer climates and needs a lot of sunlight. It needs full sun exposure, but will benefit from several hours in shade. If you keep your pot marigold indoors, you must provide them at least 6 hours of full sunlight, otherwise, they are not going to be able to produce full blooms. The sun may negatively affect them only during relentlessly hot and dry periods.
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How to Prune Pot marigold?

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Pot marigold requires little to no pruning, but it can benefit from it. Pinching off the tops of the plants after the establishment phase will encourage them to grow fuller and bushier. Deadheading of the spent flowers will stimulate the growth of new blossoms throughout the season. Deadheading is easily done by cutting the spent blossoms at their base. This should be performed regularly during the blooming season for best effects. Use sharp pruners and always disinfect your tools before and after each cut to prevent the spread of any hidden diseases.
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What is the Ideal Temperature Range for Pot marigold?

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Pot marigold is a resilient plant and thrives in warm weather. However, in USDA zones bellow 8, they cannot be grown outside during the winter months. The lowest temperature range in which pot marigold can grow is between -12 ℃ and 4 ℃.
Pot marigold does not require much water, apart from a good soaking while they are establishing in the soil. After that, they will basically be fine with the standard 2.5 cm of rainfall each week. Pot marigold should only be watered if your climate doesn't provide enough precipitation. Generous watering once a week will provide enough moisture to your pot marigold.
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What Soil is Best for Pot marigold?

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Pot marigold is very adaptable when it comes to soil type. Generally, deep and fertile soil that is rich in organic matter will provide perfect growing conditions to your pot marigold. However, keep in mind that soil needs to have good drainage, as damp soil is the "Achilles heel" of these flowers. Consequently, a sandy or loam mixture will work best, as it will provide enough drainage and aeration. Pot marigold is also somewhat tolerant in regards to soil acidity, provided that the soil pH doesn't drop below 5.8.
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How to Plant Pot marigold?

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Pot marigold can be planted in the garden or indoors, and are commonly propagated by seeds. Amend the drainage and boost the nutrient content in the soil for young seedlings by adding some organic compost. Sow pot marigold seeds 2.5 cm deep into the soil, and at least 2.5 cm apart. The soil needs to be kept moist for 1-2 weeks during germination process.
You can sow pot marigold in late winter, as the seedlings need at least 5-6 weeks before they can be transplanted outside. Blooming time will differ depending on the variety, but usually pot marigold flowers about 12 weeks after sowing.
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How to Transplant Pot marigold?

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Transplant your pot marigold during the delightful days of mid to late spring, as it's the perfect time for this plant to thrive. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location, ensuring the soil is well-draining. A friendly reminder: Gently handle the delicate roots while transplanting for a successful growth journey.
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How to Repot Pot marigold?

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Needs excellent drainage in pots
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Annuals like this plant require some care in the spring to promote healthy growth and encourage summer blooming.

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Depending on the climate, annuals may require daily watering after spring planting. A good rule to follow is to water whenever the top layer of soil begins drying out.
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Adding fertilizer to the soil will help promote healthy growth. Use a balanced, all-purpose plant food monthly in the spring.
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After sowing the seeds, place any container plants in a sunny location. If planting in the garden, ensure the area receives plenty of sunlight.

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Keep the soil consistently moist, especially when rainfall is scarce. When the plant’s leaves begin losing some of the glossy shine, it’s time to water.
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Continue to apply monthly applications of an all-purpose fertilizer.
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Remove any spent blooms to encourage reflowering.
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Ensure the plant is still receiving several hours of sunlight. Container plants may require relocating to another area.
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Keep an eye out for any pests and diseases and remove debris from around the plant’s base.

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Continue to care for your plant by watering, and fertilizing with the all-purpose mixture. These steps will keep your plant moist, shiny, and well-fed. If you'd rather not have your plant spread via seeds, then deadhead those spent blooms.
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Some annuals may benefit from being cut back by 1/4 during the autumn.
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Depending on the variety, some plants do best in full sun while others need partial shade.

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To overwinter your plant best, move it to a pot and bring it indoors, or take a cutting and propagate a new plant. As long as it isn't exposed to colder temperatures, there's a chance that your annual plant can thrive and last until spring, depending on the variety of your plant.
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Flower withering
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Solutions: Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers. For severe cases: Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps. For less severe cases: Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
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Wilting after blooming
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Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: Check the soil or potting medium. Coarse textures can allow water to drain too rapidly, preventing the plant from taking up enough. If the soil and roots seem very dry, add sphagnum moss or other mediums that hold water. Water according to recommendations for each plant's species. Low humidity can be corrected by misting the plant regularly or placing it near a humidifier. Keeping it near other plants helps, too. Keep the environment consistent in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. Keep it away from vents, heaters, and air conditioners, and avoid moving it to locations where it will experience a temperature shock. Hot, dry heat, and cold drafts are problematic for many plants. Especially if the plant is outside, it could be experiencing heat or light stress. Try moving it to a shadier location.
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Leaf rot
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This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Solutions: Bacterial infections need to be treated quickly to prevent the spread to neighboring, healthy plants, potentially wiping out large sections of your indoor or outdoor garden. In mild cases: Use sterilized (10% bleach solution) pruning shears or scissors to remove any infected plant parts, making sure to dispose of them off site. Use a copper-based bactericide to treat the unaffected foliage, as well as the soil, and neighboring plants. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label. In severe cases, where more than half the leaves are affected: Remove all of the infected plants from the garden, disposing of them off site. Treat the soil and neighboring plants using a copper-based bactericide. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
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Plant dried up
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The entire plant may dry out due to dieback or normal seasonal dormancy.
Solutions: The solution for a dried out plant depends on the cause, so determine the cause before selecting a treatment method. Adjust your watering: Stick your finger in the soil near the roots. If it feels bone dry or overly saturated, you need to adjust your watering frequency accordingly. Prune back dead foliage: Snip off any brown stems and leaves on the plant to make space for new growth. This encourages the roots to send up fresh stems. Move to a proper environment. This may involve decreasing or increasing sun exposure, depending on the species. Decrease fertilizer applications. If you have applied too much fertilizer, you can repot plants with fresh potting soil. Wait. If your plant has dried out as daylight is decreasing, it is entering dormancy. Decrease watering and wait until the plant resumes growth.
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Aged yellow and dry
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
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Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
Solutions
Solutions
If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface.
In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well.
If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Prevention
Prevention
This is definitely one of those instances where prevention is more effective than cure. Here are some preventative measures for avoiding premature flower withering.
  • Water plants according to their needs -- either keep the soil slightly moist or allow the top inch or two to dry out before watering again.
  • Fertilize lightly on a consistent basis, depending upon the plant’s growth. Quick-growing plants and those that flower or develop fruit will need more frequent fertilizing than slow-growing plants.
  • Purchase plants that are certified disease- or pathogen-free.
  • Look for disease-resistant cultivars.
  • Isolate plants showing disease symptoms to prevent the spread to neighboring plants.
  • Practice good plant hygiene by removing any fallen plant material as soon as possible.
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Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Overview
Overview
Caterpillars can cause problems for home gardeners. If not managed, these insects can defoliate a plant in just a matter of days. However, home gardeners face a challenge because these caterpillars eventually turn into beautiful butterflies and moths, which are important for pollination and the general ecosystem.
There are thousands of different species of caterpillars and many will only target certain plants. If caterpillars are posing a problem, they can be removed by hand, or gardeners can use insect-proof netting to protect their valuable plants.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. During the warmer months, butterflies and moths that visit gardens will lay their eggs on the underside of leaves.
When the tiny eggs hatch, the young larvae emerge and start feeding on the leaves of the plant. Depending on how many larvae have hatched, they can easily defoliate the plant in a very short period of time. Caterpillars will shed their skin as they grow, around 4 or 5 times during this feeding cycle.
Symptoms of caterpillars eating plants appear as holes in the leaves. The edges of the leaves may be eaten away as well, and flowers can be affected as well.
Some are easy to see, but others need to be searched for. This is because their bodies are often camouflaged to look like part of the plant. Gardeners need to look carefully along the stems of the plant as well as under the leaves. Also, look for tiny white, yellow, or brown eggs that can be found in groups on the underside of leaves.
Once the caterpillar is fully grown, it transforms into a pupa or chrysalis. Then, after a period of time that varies according to the species, a butterfly or moth will emerge from the pupa and the cycle begins again.
Solutions
Solutions
Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers.
For severe cases:
  1. Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects.
  2. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans.
  3. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps.
For less severe cases:
  1. Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water.
  2. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
Prevention
Prevention
Prevention may require less effort than attempts to eradicate infestations that have already begun. Here are our top steps for prevention:
  1. Monitor plants. Check plants regularly for caterpillar eggs on leaves. If they do not belong to an endangered species, they should be squished.
  2. Use insect netting. Cover plants with insect netting to prevent butterflies and moths from laying eggs on plants.
  3. Apply diatomaceous earth. Apply DE to plants early in the season and reapply after rain.
  4. Encourage plant diversity. This will attract predatory insects including parasitic wasps.
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Wilting after blooming
Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
Overview
Overview
Wilting after blooming is sometimes a natural aging process of the flower, while other times it may indicate a problem. Orchids, for example, can bloom for anywhere from two weeks to three months, so wilting after a few days signals a problem for most varieties. This can happen to virtually any ornamental flowering plant, but those with shallow roots and limited tolerance for drought, full sun, and low humidity are more susceptible.
This is a common problem, and often has an easy fix. Sometimes, however, it is the result of more serious causes such as pests or disease of the root system.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  • At first, flowers may look a little limp.
  • Petals may start to appear dried out and turn brown.
  • Eventually they may drop off the plant all together.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Wilting blooms can be a sign of an unhealthy root system. Any condition that prevents the plant from absorbing enough water and nutrition can result in wilting blooms and sometimes other symptoms. If the plant doesn’t have enough water, it cannot maintain appropriate pressure within stems, leaves, and blooms, causing them to wilt.
This can result from physical damage – for example from root breakage during re-potting or attack by insects like cutworms. If you recently re-potted your plant, physical damage to the roots is a likely cause. If you see insects, they may be eating leaves, roots, or flowers. Fungal infections can also cause root rot and damage, preventing water and nutrient uptake.
Finally, wilting blooms can result simply from age. If no other symptoms are visible, it may simply signal the natural end of the flower’s lifespan. If it seems premature, this may be caused by environmental factors: water, humidity, light, or stress. Under-watering is a common cause. Similarly, plants adapted to high humidity dry out easily when humidity is low, like during winter or in dry climates. Too much light can also stress plants that need shade, causing blooms to wilt.
Solutions
Solutions
  • Check the soil or potting medium. Coarse textures can allow water to drain too rapidly, preventing the plant from taking up enough. If the soil and roots seem very dry, add sphagnum moss or other mediums that hold water.
  • Water according to recommendations for each plant's species.
  • Low humidity can be corrected by misting the plant regularly or placing it near a humidifier. Keeping it near other plants helps, too.
  • Keep the environment consistent in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. Keep it away from vents, heaters, and air conditioners, and avoid moving it to locations where it will experience a temperature shock. Hot, dry heat, and cold drafts are problematic for many plants.
  • Especially if the plant is outside, it could be experiencing heat or light stress. Try moving it to a shadier location.
Prevention
Prevention
  • Read up on moisture, light, and soil type preferences for each plant to avoid underwatering, incorrect light levels, or other conditions that can cause wilting blooms.
  • Avoid re-potting during the flowering period. This causes additional stress on the plants because they need to repair root damage and adapt to the new micro-environment, all of which can result in wilting.
  • One other potential cause is ethylene gas, a plant hormone related to ripening. Some fruits and vegetables emit ethylene, especially bananas. Apples, grapes, melons, avocados, and potatoes can also give it off, so keep flowering plants away from fresh produce.
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Leaf rot
This pathogen can cause the leaves to rot.
Overview
Overview
Leaf rot is very common among both house plants and garden plants. It affects foliage and occurs mainly when the leaves become wet due to rain or misting by the gardener. The cause is fungal disease and this is facilitated by the fungal spores adhering to wet leaves then penetrating the leaf and expanding rapidly. Damp conditions and poor air circulation will increase chances of infection taking place. Another factor are leaves that are damaged or have been penetrated by sap sucking insects that facilitate plant penetration.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  1. Spores are able to cling to a damp leaf and penetrate, often through an existing wound.
  2. A small dark brown mark appears which expands rapidly as sporulation starts to take place.
  3. Quite quickly these bull's eye like circles can link together and the whole leaf turns dark and loses texture.
  4. Leaf drop occurs.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
These symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection invading the plant. Bacteria from many sources in the environment (air, water, soil, diseased plants) enter a plant through wounds, or in some cases the stomata when they are open. Once inside the leaf tissue, the bacteria feed and reproduce quickly, breaking down healthy leaves.
Bacterial infections threaten most plant species, and are more prominent in wet weather that more easily transfers the bacteria from plant to plant, or from soil to plant.
Solutions
Solutions
Bacterial infections need to be treated quickly to prevent the spread to neighboring, healthy plants, potentially wiping out large sections of your indoor or outdoor garden.
In mild cases: Use sterilized (10% bleach solution) pruning shears or scissors to remove any infected plant parts, making sure to dispose of them off site. Use a copper-based bactericide to treat the unaffected foliage, as well as the soil, and neighboring plants. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
In severe cases, where more than half the leaves are affected: Remove all of the infected plants from the garden, disposing of them off site. Treat the soil and neighboring plants using a copper-based bactericide. Follow the manufacturer’s rate and timing directions found on the product label.
Prevention
Prevention
  1. Clean up garden debris at the end of the season, especially if it contains any diseased plant tissue. Diseases can overwinter from season to season and infect new plants.
  2. Avoid overhead watering to prevent transferring pathogens from one plant to another, and to keep foliage dry.
  3. Mulch around the base of plants to prevent soil-borne bacteria from splashing up onto uninfected plants.
  4. Sterilize cutting tools using a 10% bleach solution when gardening and moving from one plant to another.
  5. Do not work in your garden when it is wet.
  6. Rotate crops to prevent the buildup of bacteria in one site due to continuous cropping.
  7. Use a copper or streptomycin-containing bactericide in early spring to prevent infection. Read label directions carefully as they are not suitable for all plants.
  8. Ensure plants are well spaced and thin leaves on densely leaved plants so that air circulation is maximised.
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Plant dried up
The entire plant may dry out due to dieback or normal seasonal dormancy.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant has dried out and turned brown. It might be starting to wilt, with no noticeable green around the stems and leaves. Touch the leaves, and they may crinkle under your fingers.
Possible causes of a dried out plant include:
  1. Not enough water. A lack of water will lead to dry plant tissue.
  2. Too much water. Watering too much can lead to root rot which makes the plant struggle to take up water. Rotted, mushy roots are a sign of overeating.
  3. Entering dormancy. As perennial plants enter their resting period known as dormancy, their leaves dry out and may fall off. This happens during decreasing day length.
  4. Exposure to herbicides and other toxic substances. If a plant is hit with a large dose herbicide or other toxic chemical, the plant will turn brown.
  5. Too much fertility. An excess of fertilizer can prevent plants from taking up water, leading to drying.
  6. Improper sun exposure. Just like humans, plants can get sunburn by intense, direct light. Plants can also dry out if they don’t receive enough light.
To determine whether the plant is still alive and can be saved, you can:
  1. Bend a stem. If the stem is pliable, the plant is still alive. If the stem breaks, the plant is dead.
  2. Gently scratch the stem with your fingernail for signs of green inside. If your plant is dead, the stem will be brittle and brown throughout.
  3. Cut the stems back a little bit a time for visible green growth. If none of the stems have visible green growth, the plant is dead.
Solutions
Solutions
The solution for a dried out plant depends on the cause, so determine the cause before selecting a treatment method.
  1. Adjust your watering: Stick your finger in the soil near the roots. If it feels bone dry or overly saturated, you need to adjust your watering frequency accordingly.
  2. Prune back dead foliage: Snip off any brown stems and leaves on the plant to make space for new growth. This encourages the roots to send up fresh stems.
  3. Move to a proper environment. This may involve decreasing or increasing sun exposure, depending on the species.
  4. Decrease fertilizer applications. If you have applied too much fertilizer, you can repot plants with fresh potting soil.
  5. Wait. If your plant has dried out as daylight is decreasing, it is entering dormancy. Decrease watering and wait until the plant resumes growth.
Prevention
Prevention
Prevention involves providing your plant with the proper environment.
  1. Provide the proper amount of water. The amount of water depends on a plant’s size, species, and environment. A general rule is to allow soil to dry out between waterings.
  2. Place plants in the proper environment. Provide the proper hours of sun and temperature for your individual plant.
  3. Provide proper fertility. Most plants only need to be fertilized once or twice a year; don’t overapply.
  4. Keep plants free from toxic substances. Keep herbicides and toxic household chemicals away from your plants.
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Overview
Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
Solutions
Solutions
If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Prevention
Prevention
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent plants from dying of “old age.” To help prolong their life, and put off symptoms of aged yellow and dry for as long as possible, take care of them by giving them enough water, fertilizing them appropriately, and making sure they get enough sunlight.
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More About Pot Marigold

Plant Type
Plant Type
Herb
Lifespan
Lifespan
Annual, Biennial, Perennial
Spread
Spread
25 to 50 cm
Bloom Time
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall, Early winter
Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange
Yellow
Gold
Red
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
Flower Size
4 to 5 cm
Plant Height
Plant Height
20 to 80 cm

Name story

Pot marigold
The common name of pot marigold is derived from the combination of mary and gold because the gold flowers that bloomed during the festivals of the Virgin Mary in Renaissance times were often used in cooking.

Usages

Garden Use
Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) is a time-honored garden favorite that brings bright colors with abundant flowers over a very long blooming period. It has many garden uses, adding vivacity to beds, borders, rock gardens, and ground cover. It adds charm to vegetable gardens, cottage gardens, and herb gardens. Pot marigold is also a good choice for containers and grows well with salad vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, and carrots.
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Common Problems

The leaves on my pot marigold have started to show yellow tips. Why is this happening?

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If you have used some fertilizer recently, the answer is simple - leaf burn. This is a common issue with pot marigold and is usually the result of boron or manganese excess. The yellowing usually starts from tips and margins of the leaves and moves inwards. Easily remedied- just follow manufacturer instructions for fertilizer applications, and do not add fertilizers to dry soil.

I have planted the seeds of my multicolored pot marigold from the previous year, and this year all flowers are orange. How is this possible?

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This usually happens because the original plants were hybrids, and in the following generation, the seeds have reverted to the previous flower phenotype (single-colored). If you wish to propagate multi-colored pot marigold, you must buy a non-hybrid variety.
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Caring for a New Plant

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The following pictures and instructions for flower plant are aimed to help your plants adapt and thrive in a new environment.
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Picking a Healthy Flower Plant
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Check Its Health

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Whole Plant
Symmetrical crown, evenly distributed branches, full and compact shape, no excessive growth, close internodes, and uniform leaf size.
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Flowers
Many unopened flower buds are closely attached, without falling off easily when shaken, and show no diseased spots or wilting on the petals.
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Branches
The branches are not withered, and the trunk is free of boreholes or damage.
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Stems
No mold, browning or soft rot at the base of the plant.
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Leaves
Check the inside of the plant, shaded and overlapping areas, back of leaves. Even colour, no yellowing, no brown spots, no crawling insects, no cobwebs, no deformities, no wilting.
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Health Troubleshooting

Whole Plant
Branches
Stems
Flowers
Leaves
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more 1 Asymmetrical crown or missing, uneven branching: prune the weak and slender branches of the larger portion of the asymmetrical crown, then trim the overgrown larger branches.
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more 2 Internodes are longer in the upper part, leaves are sparse and smaller on top: increase light intensity or duration.
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more 1 Dry branches: check if the branch is still alive by peeling back a small section of bark and trim away any dry branches. Watch out for signs of insect infestation inside the branch.
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more 2 Bark with holes: inject insecticide into the holes and apply systemic insecticide to the roots.
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more 3 Damaged bark: brush on a wound-healing agent, and avoid getting it wet.
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Mildew, browning, or soft rot at the base: place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment and water with fungicide.
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more 1 Many flowers have already bloomed: lower the temperature in the environment to extend the flowering period. Prune any dying flowers in a timely manner to prevent nutrient depletion.
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more 2 Flower bud dropping: keep temperature at 15-25℃, place in bright but shaded area, water frequently, and avoid fertilizing.
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more 3 Flower petals have spots or disease: avoid spraying water directly onto the petals.
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more 4 Flower wilting: avoid soil that is too wet or too dry. When touching the soil with your finger, it should feel moist but not leave any water traces on your finger.
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more 1 Uneven leaf color and yellowing: prune yellow leaves and check if there are signs of rot at the base of the plant. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 2 Brown spots or small yellow spots: place the plant in a ventilated area and avoid watering the leaves. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 3 Tiny crawling insects on the back of leaves or spider webs between leaves: increase light exposure and spray with insecticide for severe cases.
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more 4 Deformations or missing parts on leaves: determine if it's physical damage or pest infestation. Linear or tearing damage is physical, while the rest are pests. Spray with insecticide.
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more 5 Wilting leaves: provide partial shade and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves for severe cases.
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Soil Check
Soil should smell fresh like after a rain and no musty odor.
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Light Check
Check the light requirement of the plant and if it match with planting location.
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Ventilation Check
Ensure good ventilation.
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Temperature Check
Ensure outdoor temperature is suitable for plants.
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Condition Troubleshooting

Soil
Ideal Temperature
Ventilation
Suitable Light
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Potting mix soil, Peat moss mix soil
Soil
Soil smells musty or foul: check the root system for decay, place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment, and water with fungicide.
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-10℃ to 35℃
Ideal Temperature
Temperature is too low: Temporarily move the plants indoors and then to outdoors when temperature is suitable.
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Well Ventilated
Ventilation
Non-ventilated environment: can lead to root rot, diseases, and flower drop. Place the plants in an airy location avoiding dead spots.
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Full sun, Partial sun
Suitable Light
Insufficient light: reduce light appropriately during flowering period but not a fully shaded environment. After flowering, move to normal cultivation environment. For plants with long flowering and fruiting periods, provide normal light to avoid shortening.
Transplant recovery: After transplanting, pot plants should be temporarily shaded, then moved to normal light after a week if no abnormal drop or wilting. In-ground plants, shade for a week and then transfer to normal light or just pay attention to watering.
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Adapting Your New Flower Plant
Step 1
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Repotting
Potted plants - Wait until flowering stage is over before changing pots. In-ground plants - Plant directly taking care not to harm root system or remove soil.
Step 2
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
Step 3
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Watering
Water appropriately. Water more frequently for newly transplanted or purchased plants to keep the soil consistently moist for at least 2 weeks. Avoid overwatering, do not water when there is water on your finger after touching the soil. Both underwatering and overwatering can cause plants to drop their flowers or fruit.
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Fertilizing
Don't fertilize just after purchase. Fertilize after 2 weeks using half concentration.
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Pot Marigold Watering Instructions
Pot marigold is native to southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean region. It thrives in dry to moderately moist environments with well-drained soil. This plant's natural habitat indicates its preference for infrequent watering, as it is adapted to drought-like conditions. It's important to allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions to prevent overwatering, as pot marigold is susceptible to root rot. Aim to water deeply, ensuring the root zone is thoroughly soaked, but avoid waterlogged soil.
When Should I Water My Pot Marigold?
Importance of Timely Watering
Timely watering is crucial to the growth, flowering, and overall health of pot marigold. Proper watering nurtures the roots, promoting stronger growth and more vibrant blooms. Conversely, incorrect watering could cause ill health, damage, or even the death of the plant.
Soil Dryness
Check the moisture level of the soil. If the top 1-2 inches of the soil are dry to the touch, it is time to water pot marigold. This plant prefers well-drained soil and isn't tolerant of overwatering or waterlogged conditions. Hence, ensure the soil is somewhat dry before the next watering.
Leaf Texture
The leaves of pot marigold should feel firm to the touch. If the leaves start to feel soft, limp, or begin to curl inwards, it may be an indication that the plant is lacking in water.
Flower Dropping
Pot marigold is known for its radiant flowers, but if these flowers start wilting or dropping prematurely, it could be a sign that the plant is not getting enough water.
Plant Sturdiness
Pot marigold is generally a sturdy plant. A wobbly or weak plant could be a sign of inadequate water intake, affecting root health and strength.
Potential Risks and Consequences
Watering pot marigold either too early or too late can have adverse effects. Overwatering can result in a condition called 'root rot', which eventually may kill the plant. On the other hand, underwatering may weaken pot marigold, making it more susceptible to diseases and pests, inhibiting growth and hampering the production of flowers. Keeping an eye on the provided signs ensures pot marigold is watered at optimal times, promoting its health and development.
How Should I Water My Pot Marigold?
Plant Sensitivities and Water Requirements
Pot marigold thrives on regular watering but can tolerate periods of lesser moisture; these plants prefer evenly moist, well-drained soil. Too much water can lead to root rot, so it is crucial to strike the right balance when hydrating this plant.
Best Watering Techniques
Bottom-watering is the most effective for pot marigold. This technique allows the plant to soak up water from the base, ensuring that the roots receive adequate moisture without over-saturating the surface. Additionally, using a watering can with a long, narrow spout enables targeted watering at the root zone, minimizing contact with the foliage.
Special Equipment Beneficial for Watering
A moisture meter is an excellent tool that can help ascertain if the pot marigold requires watering. The meter readouts provide a more accurate gauge than simply judging by the soil's surface appearance, enabling optimal hydration for the plant. A watering can with a thin-spouted design offers controlled application of water, reducing chances of overwatering or damaging the plant.
Areas to Focus On During Watering
For pot marigold, concentrate on watering around the base of the plant as it facilitates absorption by roots while avoiding excess moisture on the foliage. Overly wet leaves can promote disease and decay.
Techniques to Avoid
Avoid overwatering pot marigold and make sure to allow the soil surface to dry out between watering in order to mitigate the potential for root rot. Also, avoid watering the plant from above as standing water on the leaves may create a conducive environment for pests and diseases.
How Much Water Does Pot Marigold Really Need?
Introduction
Pot marigold is a plant native to southern Europe. It is commonly known as Pot marigold and is grown for its vibrant flowers. Understanding its natural habitat can help in determining the optimal water quantity for this plant.
Optimal Watering Quantity
Pot marigold prefers well-drained soil that is evenly moist but not waterlogged. It is important to allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. The water requirements for pot marigold are influenced by factors such as pot size, root depth, and plant size. The following guidelines can help ensure pot marigold receives the right amount of water:
  1. Pot Size: pot marigold requires a pot with drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom. Smaller pots will require more frequent watering compared to larger pots.
  2. Root Depth: pot marigold has a shallow root system, so it's important to water the plant evenly across the entire pot to reach all the roots.
  3. Plant Size: Young pot marigold plants may require less water compared to mature ones. As the plant grows, the watering volume can be increased.
Based on these factors, a general rule of thumb is to water pot marigold once every 7-10 days during the active growing season. The amount of water needed per watering session can vary, but it is recommended to provide around 1-1.5 inches of water per session.
Signs of Proper Hydration
Properly hydrated pot marigold plants display healthy foliage, with leaves that are green and turgid. The plants will also produce abundant blooms. On the other hand, overwatered pot marigold plants may show signs such as yellowing leaves, wilting, or a droopy appearance. Underwatered pot marigold plants will have wilted leaves and the soil will be dry to the touch.
Risks of Improper Watering
Overwatering pot marigold can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. It can also cause the plant's growth to become stunted. On the other hand, underwatering can cause the plant to wilt, stress, and even die if prolonged.
Additional Advice
To avoid overwatering, it is recommended to use a well-draining potting mix that promotes water drainage. Additionally, it is important to adjust the watering frequency and volume based on environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity. Regularly monitoring the moisture level of the soil by inserting a finger into the top inch can help determine when to water pot marigold.
How Often Should I Water Pot Marigold?
Every week
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What Kind of Water is Best for Pot Marigold?
Significance of water type
Pot marigold can flourish in a variety of water conditions, however, getting the right balance can optimize plant growth. Certain elements in water can potentially impair the plant's health or growth, so using the most compatible water type is essential.
Advised Water Type
Pot marigold is a fairly resilient plant and can tolerate most water types. However, non-chlorinated water such as rainwater, distilled water, or filtered water is best. Tap water can be used if it is allowed to sit out for a period to release any chlorine and other gases.
Chlorine Sensitivity
Pot marigold can tolerate small amounts of chlorine, but protracted exposure may harm the plant. As a precaution, it's recommended to allow tap water to sit out for about 24 hours before watering, which allows chlorine to evaporate.
Flouride Sensitivity
Pot marigold is not particularly sensitive to fluoride. However, using water with low fluoride content, such as rainwater or distilled water, is ideal to prevent the accumulation of fluoride in the soil.
Mineral Sensitivity
While pot marigold can handle a variety of minerals, excessive presence of certain minerals, like sodium or boron, may hinder its growth. Water sources low in these minerals, like rainwater, are more optimal.
Water Treatments
While not strictly necessary for pot marigold's survival, water treatments such as a water filter can be beneficial to control mineral and chlorine content. Letting tap water sit uncovered for about 24 hours can help dissipationally remove chlorine and other volatile substances.
Temperature Preferences
Pot marigold prefers room temperature water. Extremely cold or hot water may shock the plant's system and cause harm.
How Do Pot Marigold's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water pot marigold in Spring?
During spring, pot marigold is in its active growth phase as it emerges from the dormancy of winter. This is when it's establishing its root system and preparing to bloom, so it's important to keep the soil consistently moist. However, avoid overwatering to prevent root rot. Use a slow watering method to ensure the water reaches deep roots, promoting healthier plant growth.
How to Water pot marigold in Summer?
As pot marigold enters the summer season, it's usually in its prime blooming phase. The soil tends to dry out faster due to increased evaporation in the hotter months. Make sure to water more frequently as compared to spring but always check the soil moisture before watering. The goal should be to keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. A good indicator is when the top inch of soil feels dry, it's likely time to water pot marigold again.
How to Water pot marigold in Autumn?
During Autumn, pot marigold starts preparing for the upcoming dormancy period. The watering needs decrease as the plant鈥檚 metabolism slows down. Although the soil should not be allowed to dry out completely, less frequent watering is generally required. Make sure the plant isn鈥檛 left sitting in standing water as this could lead to root diseases.
How to Water pot marigold in Winter?
Pot marigold enters a dormant or low-growth phase in the colder winter months. Watering needs are drastically reduced during this season due to lowered evaporation rates and the plant's slowed metabolism. However, prevent the soil from completely drying out. Water sparingly only when the topsoil appears noticeably dry.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Pot Marigold Watering Routine?
Watering Tool:
Using a watering can with a narrow spout can help direct the water to the base of the plant and prevent wetting the leaves, which can lead to fungal diseases. This is especially important for pot marigold as it prefers to be watered at the base.
Morning Watering:
Watering pot marigold in the morning allows the water to be absorbed by the roots before the heat of the day evaporates it. It also minimizes the risk of fungal diseases by giving the leaves a chance to dry out during the day.
Deep Watering:
When watering pot marigold, it is important to ensure that the water reaches the root zone. To achieve this, water slowly and deeply, allowing the water to penetrate the soil. Shallow watering can lead to shallow root growth.
Mulching:
Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of pot marigold can help retain soil moisture and reduce watering frequency. Mulch also helps to suppress weeds and regulates soil temperature.
Soil Moisture Assessment:
To accurately assess soil moisture for pot marigold, use a moisture meter or dig a small hole about 2-3 inches deep near the plant's base. Check the moisture level at the bottom of the hole, as surface moisture may be deceiving.
Avoid Over-watering:
Over-watering can be detrimental to pot marigold as it is susceptible to root rot. Wait until the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry before watering again. Be cautious not to water too frequently, especially in humid conditions.
Signs of Thirst:
The leaves of pot marigold may start to wilt slightly when it needs water, but be careful not to wait for severe wilting as it can stress the plant. Regularly check the moisture level in the soil to better understand its watering needs.
Water Adjustment in Heatwaves:
During heatwaves, pot marigold may require more frequent watering due to increased evaporation. If the soil dries out quickly, consider providing additional water or increasing the frequency of watering to prevent dehydration.
Water Adjustment in Extended Rain:
During extended periods of rain, pot marigold may not require additional watering as the soil will likely remain saturated. Monitor the soil moisture level and refrain from watering unless it becomes excessively dry.
Watering for Stressed Plants:
If pot marigold is experiencing stress, such as during transplanting or extreme weather conditions, it may need more frequent watering to support its recovery. However, be cautious not to over-water, as this can further stress the plant.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Pot Marigold?
Overview of Hydroponics
Pot marigold is a plant that can be successfully grown using hydroponics, which is a method of growing plants without soil. Hydroponics allows for precise control of nutrient and water levels, maximizing growth and yield.
Preferred Hydroponic System
The nutrient film technique (NFT) is well-suited for growing pot marigold hydroponically. It involves running a shallow film of nutrient-rich water over the roots, providing optimal hydration and nutrient levels.
Nutrient Solution Requirements
Pot marigold prefers a balanced nutrient solution with a pH of 5.8-6.2 for optimal growth. The nutrient solution should contain essential macronutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, in appropriate concentrations.
Frequency of Nutrient Change
The nutrient solution should be changed every 1-2 weeks to prevent nutrient imbalances and ensure the proper supply of nutrients to pot marigold.
Challenges and Common Issues
When growing pot marigold hydroponically, root rot can be a common issue. To prevent this, ensure proper oxygenation of the root zone and avoid overwatering. Additionally, monitor nutrient levels regularly to prevent imbalances that may hinder growth.
Light Requirements
Pot marigold requires 12-14 hours of light per day for healthy growth. Provide full spectrum grow lights to ensure sufficient light intensity for photosynthesis.
Monitoring Plant Health
Regularly check the roots for signs of rot or discoloration. Monitor leaf color and texture, ensuring they are vibrant and healthy. Any wilting or yellowing may indicate nutrient deficiencies or imbalances.
Adjusting the Hydroponic Environment
During the vegetative stage, provide slightly higher nitrogen levels to promote leaf and stem growth. As pot marigold enters the flowering stage, adjust the nutrient solution to provide higher phosphorus levels for optimal flower development.
Temperature and Humidity
Maintain a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) for pot marigold. Humidity levels of 50-60% are preferable to avoid excessive moisture and prevent fungal diseases.
Pruning and Harvesting
Regularly prune pot marigold to encourage bushy growth and prevent overcrowding. Harvest flowers when they reach full bloom, at which point they can be dried or used for various medicinal or culinary purposes.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering
Pot marigold is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, brown or black spots, root rot...
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Brown or black spots
Excessive watering can damage the plant's root system, making it vulnerable to fungal infections. The plant may develop dark brown to black spots that spread upwards from the lower leaves which are usually the first to be affected.
Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Soft or mushy stems
Excess water can cause stems to become soft and mushy, as the cells become waterlogged and lose their structural integrity.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering
Pot marigold is more susceptible to plant health issues when lacking watering, as it can only tolerate short periods of drought. Symptoms of dehydration include wilting, leaf curling, yellowing leaves...
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Wilting
Due to the dry soil and insufficient water absorption by the roots, the leaves of the plant will appear limp, droopy, and lose vitality.
Leaf curling
Leaves may curl inward or downward as they attempt to conserve water and minimize water loss through transpiration.
Increased susceptibility to pests and diseases
Underwatered plants may become more susceptible to pests and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for Pot Marigold
Why is my pot marigold plant wilting despite regular watering?
Overwatering can cause wilting in pot marigold. Its roots may be waterlogged, preventing oxygen uptake. Allow the soil to dry out before you water it again. It also helps to ensure the pot or container has enough drainage holes so excess water can escape.
The leaves of my pot marigold are turning yellow, what could be the cause?
Yellow leaves could indicate overwatering. Pot marigold should be watered only when the top inch of the soil feels dry to touch. Reduce the number of watering sessions and ensure the plant is in a well-drained location.
I'm noticing brown spots on my pot marigold leaves, what is happening?
Brown spots can be a result of underwatering. Pot marigold needs regular watering but with a well-drained soil. Try to keep the soil consistently moist but not soaked.
My pot marigold plant isn't blooming as expected, could it be a watering issue?
Yes, it could be. Either overwatering or underwatering can stress pot marigold and affect its blooming. Adjust the watering schedule according to the dryness of the soil to ensure the plant gets the correct amount of water.
The edges of my pot marigold's leaves are getting crispy, why is this happening?
Crispy edges on leaves are usually a sign of underwatering or dry conditions. Make sure your pot marigold is getting consistent moisture and try increasing humidity around the plant.
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
Watch how sunlight gracefully moves through your garden, and choose spots that provide the perfect balance of light and shade for your plants, ensuring their happiness.
Essentials
Pot marigold thrives when exposed to a generous amount of light daily. It tolerates conditions with slightly less light, though optimum growth is achieved with larger sun exposure. Overly shaded environments may be detrimental, potentially hindering its healthy development. Originating from an environment with considerable light exposure, it adapts well to similar conditions.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Pot marigold, a plant that thrives in full sunlight, is commonly grown outdoors with ample sunlight. When cultivated indoors with inadequate light, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your pot marigold may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Pot marigold enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Pot marigold thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
Pot marigold is native to a moderate climate with optimal growth temperatures of 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). It prefers consistently warm conditions, requiring adjustments in chillier seasons to maintain heat.
Regional wintering strategies
Pot marigold has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Pot marigold is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
High Temperature
During summer, Pot marigold should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Pot Marigold?
Transplant your pot marigold during the delightful days of mid to late spring, as it's the perfect time for this plant to thrive. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location, ensuring the soil is well-draining. A friendly reminder: Gently handle the delicate roots while transplanting for a successful growth journey.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Pot Marigold?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Pot Marigold?
The perfect season for transplanting pot marigold is around mid to late spring. This ensures they'll thrive with warmer temperatures and longer days, giving the plant strong, healthy growth!
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Pot Marigold Plants?
To give pot marigold enough room to grow, space the plants 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) apart during transplanting. This will ensure proper airflow and reduce competition for nutrients, helping your plants thrive.
What is the Best Soil Mix for Pot Marigold Transplanting?
For best results, prepare the soil with a well-draining, loamy or sandy mixture. Incorporate a balanced, slow-release granular fertilizer before transplanting, which will provide pot marigold the essential nutrients to grow strong and healthy.
Where Should You Relocate Your Pot Marigold?
When choosing a spot for pot marigold, look for a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Ideally, aim for 6-8 hours of sunlight per day, ensuring your plants get plenty of warmth and light to produce beautiful blooms.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Pot Marigold?
Gardening Gloves
To protect your hands while working with the soil and pot marigold plant.
Trowel or Shovel
To dig holes and transplant the plant in the ground.
Garden Shears
To trim any dead or damaged parts of the pot marigold before transplanting.
Watering Can or Hose
To water the pot marigold before and after transplanting.
Mulch or Compost
To improve the quality of the soil and provide proper nutrients for the new transplant.
Stake or Plant Support
If necessary, provide extra support to taller or top-heavy pot marigold plants.
How Do You Remove Pot Marigold from the Soil?
- From Ground: First, water the pot marigold plant to dampen the soil. Then, dig a wide trench around the plant using a shovel or spade, ensuring the plant's root ball remains intact. Carefully work the spade under the root ball to lift the plant from its original location.
- From Pot: Water the pot marigold plant to moisten the soil, making it easier to remove the plant. Grasp the base of the pot marigold plant and gently tilt the pot on its side. Carefully slide the plant out, supporting the root ball with your hands. Remove any loose soil from the roots.
- From Seedling Tray: Use a small trowel or similar tool to gently pry each pot marigold plant from its cell. Be careful not to damage the root system when doing this. Once the plant has been removed, gently loosen the roots to prepare for transplanting.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Pot Marigold
Step1 Plant Health
Inspect the pot marigold for any signs of disease or pests. Trim away any dead or damaged parts with garden shears to promote healthy growth after transplanting.
Step2 Hole Preparation
Dig a hole in the ground twice as wide and deep as the pot marigold root ball. If necessary, mix in some mulch or compost to improve soil quality.
Step3 Planting
Place the pot marigold plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole with soil, gently tamping down the soil around the roots to remove any air pockets.
Step4 Watering
Thoroughly water the pot marigold immediately after transplanting to help settle the soil and reduce transplant shock.
Step5 Mulching
Apply a layer of mulch or compost around the base of your pot marigold plant to help retain moisture and regulate temperature.
Step6 Staking or Supporting
If needed, add a stake or plant support for taller or top-heavy pot marigold plants to keep them upright.
How Do You Care For Pot Marigold After Transplanting?
Watering
Maintain consistent soil moisture around the pot marigold for the first few weeks after transplanting to help establish strong roots. Avoid over-watering, as soggy soil can lead to root rot.
Fertilizing
After the pot marigold has had time to establish roots, usually after a few weeks, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote leafy growth and flowering.
Pest and Disease Control
Regularly inspect the pot marigold for signs of pests or diseases and treat accordingly with organic or chemical controls.
Pruning
Keep an eye on your pot marigold plant, and remove dead or damaged foliage and spent flowers to promote bushy growth and encourage more blooms.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Pot Marigold Transplantation.
When is the best time to transplant pot marigold?
The ideal time to transplant pot marigold is mid to late spring, when temperatures have warmed up.
What is the optimal spacing for pot marigold?
Place pot marigold plants 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) apart to give them room for growth and proper air circulation.
How can I prepare the soil before transplanting pot marigold?
Loosen the soil, add compost, and ensure good drainage. Pot marigold prefers well-draining, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0.
How deep should I plant pot marigold?
Transplant pot marigold at the same depth as it was in its original container to prevent stem rot and encourage root growth.
How much water does pot marigold need after transplanting?
Water pot marigold thoroughly after transplanting. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.
Is it necessary to harden off pot marigold seedlings before transplanting?
Yes, hardening off pot marigold seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for 7-10 days helps prevent transplant shock.
Should I add mulch after transplanting pot marigold?
Yes, adding a 2-inch (5 cm) layer of organic mulch retains moisture, suppresses weeds, and maintains soil temperature.
What if my pot marigold isn't showing new growth after transplanting?
Give pot marigold some time to establish its roots. Proper watering, sunlight, and well-draining soil promote healthy growth.
How can I protect newly transplanted pot marigold plants?
Protect pot marigold from harsh weather, pests, and diseases. Use light shade cloth if temperatures are too high or frost is a concern.
Should I fertilize pot marigold after transplanting?
To boost growth, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer after transplanting. Avoid excess nitrogen, which can cause excessive leaf growth.
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