Marigolds suddenly dy

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We have had a the same problem with some planter boxs we had seeded and developed nicely for our cematary stones. About 3 weeks after a very hot and relatively dry period in the cematary they appeared to have died back. Brought them home and with some daily watering (like their cousins boudering our house) they are back to life again. Guess they kinda need almost TLC to prosper as expected.
Stay young, OldAck.
GA>Probably a different issue than what Ellie describes. In my case, I've GA>planted marigolds in pots in full sun for years and up until the past GA>2-3 years, they have done fine. The last few years when the hot part GA>of summer hits and we get our usual week or two of temps above 100 F, GA>the marigolds just fry and die. GA>Previously, I had no problems with marigolds in full sun and they GA>seemed to tolerate the heat just fine. Until recently, I thought GA>marigolds were tough as nails! Some of my friends & neighbors complain GA>of similar problems. This is just bizarre! GA>Any ideas on what might be happening? GA>Thanks, GA>Gary
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I see a lot of poor performance for me this year. I'm in the northeast us. I chalk most of it up to me, but I think the hot, dry summer can take some of the credit.
This is the first year that I wasn't able to maintain a good planting and watering schedule and many of my plants have shown very poor results this year. I have a number of marigolds and Sweet Alyssum that really seem stunted. Last year I had bushes by now. They still look like potted plants this year. The Nasturtiums, petunias, and calendulas are going gang busters. Flowers that bloomed beuatifully the last two years died or wilted badly. Tomatoes are the ugliest, cracked, scared twisted shapes. I've had about 8, a few one-pounders, rot on the vine cause I didn't pick them quick enough(more neglect on my part). The cracks are letting in bugs and they are rotting fast with those wounds. All my pepper plants have produced less than a dozen of the smallest variety peppers(ancho, & jalapenos). Normally I'd be eating them daily about now, and I've got more plants this year to boot. Even the Zucchini are being stingy. I've harvested only five from three plants all summer. My three yellow squash plants, now down to one, have never produced at all. And my four cucumber plants are just three-foot long stringy vines. I've harvested four cukes to date and I have no flowers outside. Last year I had bushes and pickled the first twelves pounds in mid July and was still harvesting them daily.
I had no problems with broccoli, although all of my cauliflower stopped with the early spring heat. My herbs did well.
I tried some new varieties this year, but I can't fault them specifically. Just have to hope next year will be a little less extreeme in heat and I'll have bettter time managament.

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