How to get seeds from zinnias? Are they true to color?

HighlanderNorthSeptember 3, 2011

I'm going to let some of my zinnia flowers stay on the plant til they produce seeds, but I dont know how long that will take or how to remove them once they are ready. How do you know when they are ready?

Do they need to be wintered over outside in cool weather, or are they ready to grow immediately?

I'm growing tall zinnias of 7 different colors. Will the seeds be true to color, will they be mixed colors?


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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

You'll have zinnias from sowing their seed, that much you can count on. ;)

Not likely you will get exactly the same height or color range from all seedlings, they will have cross pollinated -
if your plants were grown from hybrid seed, they may not have come true even if you were growing only one color.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo ripe pod and zinnia seeds

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 12:42PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

There are many discussions about zinnias on the annuals and seed saving forums, if you'd like to read them.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 9:35AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

I usually get annoyed when someone says go look somewhere else but this time I think the suggestion to go to Annuals - GardenWeb is a good suggestion. There seem to be a lot of zinnia enthusiast cluster there.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 3:54PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I don't usually tell people to "go look somewhere else."

There is so much info about zinnias, a most unusual plant, on the other forums, I would have felt compelled to paste several entire threads here to answer OP's questions.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2011 at 10:25AM
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