Are you thinking about how to grow zinnias? We are here to help.
Growing zinnias is an easy way to add beauty and color to your flower beds. Closely related to the sunflower and part of the sunflower family, this beautiful flower comes from the dry grassland of the southwestern states and Mexico. Not only is it a firm favorite in our flower beds, but it’s also loved by wildlife like bees, butterflies, and ladybugs.
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When it comes to advice on growing zinnias, author and gardening expert Melinda Myers recommends “full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, they are drought tolerant, making them an excellent choice for containers and busy gardeners.
Read on to find out how to grow zinnias in your own garden for showy blooms during the summer season.
How do zinnias grow best?
The simple answer to how to grow zinnias is from seeds. However, there are a few important rules that you must follow in order to produce successful buds. Zinnias need to be planted in situ – that is, you sow the seeds exactly where you want your finished flower because they don’t like being transplanted or their roots disturbed.
‘Simply sow the seeds in a sunny spot immediately after the last frost. Add a few inches of mulch or compost and some fertilizer. ‘ advises Parkseed’s Kristin Winterbottom, ‘Keep the soil moist by watering the base of the plants. Cut flowers frequently for arrangements or just pinch off dead flowers.
“Alternatively, you can sow in modules so that they don’t cut out, and when they are still small, plant out with just one or two real leaves. This way you minimize root handling. ‘ recommends plant woman Sarah Raven in her blog.
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If you are wondering, “Should I soak zinnia seeds before planting?” then the answer is yes. Soaking your seeds will increase the speed of their reproduction. However, you need to be careful not to leave the seed in the water for too long as the seed will begin to rot. Soak your semen for between 8-12 hours.
One of the most common mistakes when growing zinnias is to plant them too early. Zinnias don’t survive frost, so don’t sow your seeds until all frost threats are over and the cooler nights are over.
You can also grow zinnias in pots – the same rules apply: plant and grow in situ and don’t put your pot outside until the frost is over. Growing your zinnias in pots will allow you to sow them sooner if you have a warm greenhouse for them to germinate and grow.
Whether in pots, on the ground or in a raised bed, it pays to mulch them with straw or bark to retain moisture, which is a particular challenge in the hot conditions that zinnias love.
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How to grow zinnias from cuttings
Growing zinnias from cuttings is an excellent way to duplicate your favorite plants, although these will have less success than growing straight from seeds. Take cuttings from zinnias the same way you would any other tender annual – cut off about 2½-3 inches of leaves and stems and put a small pot with two-thirds of compost and one-third of gravel. Water well and place in a warm place – either the greenhouse or a windowsill – and your cutting should take root in two to three weeks.
Where is the best place to plant zinnias?
Zinnias are best planted in a sunny spot in the garden. Zinnias are native to the American Southwest and Mexico and thrive in warm climates. If you live in a cooler part of the world, growing undercover in a greenhouse is more successful.
Do zinnias come back every year?
No, zinnias don’t come back every year as they are annuals. This means that the flowers go through their entire life cycle in one year.
Zinnias are very susceptible to frosts and die soon after the first frost. If you want to have zinnias in your garden every year, you will have to re-sow annually. However, since zinnias are so easy and low-maintenance to grow, it’s not too much trouble, especially for the rewards of the beautiful blooms the late summer months come.
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Zinnias are loved by bees and butterflies. ‘These lovely flowers, which bloom in late summer and early fall, will add a lovely color to your garden in the late season and keep the bees coming back for months.’ says Lucia Polla from Serenata Flowers.
Do I have to squeeze zinnias?
You can take out zinnias to promote a strong and healthy plant. By cutting out the growth tip at the beginning of the season, the plant will be encouraged to branch out and produce more flower stems. However, it is not strictly necessary to cut out zinnias. They will branch out naturally as the season progresses, especially if you cut off or cut off flowers for the vase as this has a similar effect.
How to grow zinnias as cut flowers
If you are looking for a bloom to use as a cut flower, zinnias are definitely for you. Forming a long-stemmed single flower in a wide range of colors from white and yellow to orange, red, purple, and lilac, zinnias are great cut flower blooms.
“Nothing says summer like a handful of happy zinnias. They are one of the easiest cut flowers to grow, thrive in the heat and the more you pick them, the more they bloom. They are perfect for beginning gardeners. ‘ says Erin Benzak, an author and founder of Floret Flowers.
Are You Making Zinnias Dead?
Yes, you should core your zinnias so they will bloom all season. You can either cut the flowers off when they start to fade, or you can cut them off a little earlier and then display them in a vase for double the enjoyment of your plants.
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