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I thought marigolds were supposed to be pest resistant!

I bought a couple of packs of marigolds at the supermarket with the idea in my head that they are resistant to pests, namely snails. I left them in the plastic pack next to their intended home for a couple of days before I could get around to planting them, and they have been almost completely eaten! Time to put some snail pellets out I guess. I don't really like using a lot of chemicals but alas the snails are a bit out of control.

Any chance the marigolds can be revived? Most have a bit of stem left, at least.


  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    I take it that they were the kind used for bedding out? Sadly I think that you have provided your slugs and snails a nice dinner. There isn't a lot of time for them to regrow even if the slugs have left some buds on the stalks or if they grow again from the roots. You could put them somewhere sheltered and give them lots of TLC and see what happens but I suspect that the reward will be small. Sorry. Others might have more positive suggestions. 
  • I find that marigolds are irresistible to snails and definitely need protection. On several occasions I've failed to do this and lost the lot. I've given up growing them now!
  • ManderMander Posts: 335
    Not a huge loss as I bought them on a whim but was hoping to get a shot of extra colour in the disaster zone that is my garden. I should probably make a new post about that and introduce myself a bit...
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