My Marigolds have dense short leaves and green empty flowers. Why

ju1234((8 Dallas TX))May 14, 2012

My marigold plants are growing strangely. I think this is a dwarf variety to begin with. The plants are only about 4-6" tall and bear lots of small to medium size flowers. Now I notice that few of the plants have developed extremely bushy appearance. The branches and leaves are very dense. Leaves are much smaller in size. There are lots of flower buds (more than all the normal plants) but the flowers are "empty". All the sepals in the calyx seem to be normal size but inside those sepals it looks like it is empty, no petals. But when I open the sepals, there are small petals which are green instead of their normal yellow or red color. I wanted to attach but did not find the right link. The instructions on this site about that are really nonexistent. If anybody can tell me how, i can upload some.

Any ideas? Thanks.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I've seen Aster Yellows disease do some funny things to marigolds. Don't know that this is what your plants have without seeing pictures, but it was the first thing that came to mind.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 10:25PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

any excess fert issues???

check out the link ...


Here is a link that might be useful: how to post pix

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 9:07AM
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One year I overdid it dumping wood ashes on the gardens, and some plants got deformed.

Are the leaves really dark green? This might support Ken's idea.
Are the leaves deformed?
Thrips? (Tap a flower over a piece of white paper and see if any teeny tiny 1/8 inch things move.)

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 7:51AM
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