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Few annuals look as cheerful and appealing in the garden as Zinnia flowers. They come in a wide range of sizes and forms; from single-stemmed upright, cut-flower types to multi-stemmed, multi-flowered border plants. Zinnias' daisy-like flowers may be single, semi-double, or double (the largest are nearly 6 inches across) and come in nearly every shade of the rainbow but blue.
Starting Indoors: Zinnia seeds can also be started indoors 4 to 5 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep in individual peat pots. Most will germinate in as little as 4 to 5 days. Keep the seedlings warm (70 degrees F to 85 degrees F ) and moist and provide them with a strong light source until transplanting them outdoors. Don't be in a rush to put zinnias outside. Wait until all danger of frost has passed and the weather warms up. After hardening them off, plant the peat pots directly into the ground to avoid disturbing their roots.
Purchased Seedlings: Nurseries and garden centers often sell zinnias in cell packs. If you buy them, buy them early. Once they reach flowering size they don't transplant as well. Pinch them back by 1/3 at planting time to help reduce transplant shock.
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Every spring I sow tall zinnia seed directly in the ground. Can I do the same thing with Profusion zinnia seeds or do I need to start them inside first and then transplant when I have a good sized plant? So far I have been buying new Profusion zinnias each year and this year, I would like to save the seeds and try planting them instead of purchasing every year.
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These are easy to grow. You can sow directly in the ground or start indoors if you want earlier blooms. www.gardenia.net/
These look so amazing with their pops of color and pretty lines! I miss having them....When I did, I have always had the best luck starting them right in the ground vs starting inside. When I did the inside to outside....I must not have hardened them enough or the right way or something, because many failed...
The Farmers Almanac has an interesting blurb on sowing them:
Saving the seeds was easy and was my favorite thing to do at the end of the season:
Newer articles say keep in the fridge....but I always kept them in jars in the basement (which is cold). Something about the fridge had an ick factor to me....not sure why. Be sure to label your bottles to make planting season less confusing...unless of course you love the surprise of what will bloom!! That has its merits!!
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Every year there are new joys even in the insects in my husband and I's vegetable garden, herb and flower garden.
The photo is of a brilliant colored Zinnia. I entitled it: Enjoying a snack.
I was out in my yard and I saw the zinnias had popped out in all their colors! I like to plant these flowers, because they are so easy to admire. They are large and are outspoken in a visual way!
By Robyn from TN
A zinnia catches the late summer sunshine.
Butterfly and Zinnia photo