Zinnias are a great garden annual that anyone can grow. Loving full sun and a fertile sandy soil, they bloom all summer in beautiful shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, white and multi colors.
Zinnias grow quickly and can be very heavy bloomers, effective in borders, as edgers and even in containers. They also make an excellent cut flower and attract butterflies into your garden.
Six Steps for Growing Zinnias:
- Zinnias do not like to be transplanted so start from seeds planted directly into the garden. If you buy transplants try not to disturb their roots.
- Be sure to amend your soil with an organic compost prior to planting and fertilize lightly throughout the season, especially if growing in containers.
- Maintain moderate soil moisture at all times.
- Pinch back the plants when young for bushier and more abundant plants.
- Dead head the spent blooms to prolong the flowering season.
- Zinnia can be prone to fungal diseases so best to water with a soaker hose to keep the leaves and petals dry. It also helps to mulch below the plants.
Zinnias will self seed occasionally, but are not reliable. Probably best to start with a new seed packet each spring. There are so many different varieties to choose from this will become half the fun of growing zinnias.
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