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I have nearly filled up my Daytime Zen Garden. I have mostly Marigolds, but I also have a Walnut and a Pea Shooter which I found during Adventure mode. To maximize the coins produced by the daytime Zen Garden, should I sell the Marigolds or the randomly dropped plants when I need more room in my daytime zen garden?

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Been a long time, but IIRC marigolds give the least and then most everything else is pretty much equal, then the mushrooms/aquatic plants which give bonuses – Ben Brocka Jan 19 '13 at 2:52
I actually found I was losing money by keeping the marigolds around (on PC). I think it's best to buy Marigolds, build them up to full plants, and sell them. I kept the unique plants I found – Robotnik Jan 20 '13 at 10:32
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I have collected some data from my Zen Garden in which I planted half Marigolds, and half other plants - the screen shots are below.

Over all the screenshots, each half of the garden produced 16 Gold coins. I didn't count the Silver coins, but it looks about equal. So it seems to me that Marigolds and other plants produce about the same amount of coinage when left unattended. However, Marigolds only sell for 3000g, while other plants sell for 8000g when fully grown, so that's probably only in selling to Dave that the non-Marigolds are more profitable.

50/50 Zen Garden 1 of 5

50/50 Zen Garden 2 of 5

50/50 Zen Garden 3 of 5

50/50 Zen Garden 4 of 5

50/50 Zen Garden 5 of 5

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Mushrooms and aquatic plants give a lot more than daytime plants. (Note that the grave buster is actually a "daytime" plant!)

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Is there a way that I can get fully grown Nighttime and Aquatic plants to live in my Daytime garden? – KatieK Feb 11 '13 at 22:12
No, there is not – jacen.garriss May 4 '13 at 19:47

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