Marigolds Have Big Woody Growth

Question From: IOWA
Q: 2 of my marigolds have HUGH stems coming out. these are not the main stems. these branches are 3-4 times bigger then the mother plant. these stems are VERY woody. I have never seen anything like this. that part of the plant is 3 times higher then all the other branches. what should I do? thanks for your time!!!

A: Your mariglolds have a disease called aster yellows.  There is no cure or control so dig up  the sick  plants, roots and all, bag them up and throw them in the trash. Plant something else next season. Best Nancy.