Winter Sowing Zinnias?

LindaMA(MA z5)May 10, 2012

I've been waiting to sow my zinnias due to the non-stop rain here in MA. It looks like Saturday is going to be a nice sunny day but then we're going back into the soup again, at least until Wednesday of next week. How long can I wait to winter sow my zinnia's. I know I can just plant the seeds but I'd prefer to winter sow them in a milk jug because they always come out so nice, however, I'm worried because there isn't any sun and too much rain!

Would it be okay for me to add the seeds to the milk jugs and put them out on Saturday? Any thoughts?


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I planted mine in jugs a couple of weeks ago. The temps here don't get high until June and most have not even sprouted yet. They will sprout when it's time. The seem to know more than I do about when they are ready. Just go ahead and do it. It won't hurt unless they sprout and then get a hard freeze. Probably unlikely now.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 10:02AM
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Should be fine, but right now you're doing Spring and Summer Sowing.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 11:47AM
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beachgrub(4 northern michigan)

I wintersowed mine in march and they came up faster than i expected! Oops. Even tho i've been tarping when a frost is predicted they are brown and yellow now. So about 2 weeks ago i direct sowed and they've popped up already- niiiice. If i were you i'd just wait for all the rain to pass and then direct sow due to how fast they pop. Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 6:53PM
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LindaMA(MA z5)

Thank you all. The fact that they pop up so quickly is why I asked. I winter sowed them last year a bit too early and what happened to beachgrub happened to me, they sprouted in about a week but then we had a few cold nights and they turned brown, not to mention the soil I had sowed them in was horrible, a cross between cement and mud. Anyway I plan on putting some jugs of Zinnias out tommorrow and I have some nice potting soil from Maine to sow them in.. I can't wait, I just love Zinnias!

Thank again,

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 11:49AM
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I sowed mine on the 8th of March. I lost mine due to cut worms and slugs. You should be fine especially if you are getting rain.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 10:21AM
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The first batch I ws'd didn't do well. Don't know why. I tried again on May 4 and by May 10th they were up, and much better germination rate than before.

If you get too much rain, you can just sling a big piece of plastic over them.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 9:17AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I started sowing my Zinnias this weekend, also. They should be perfect if sown around now. A little moisture before the heat hits will just get them primed to grow when the sun finally arrives. I plan to plant mine out as soon as they have any size at all.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 6:06PM
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PVick(6b NYC)

I just sowed a set of zinnias last night. They should come up quickly. I need to be as quick about prepping their summer home.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 6:27PM
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caryltoo Z7/SE PA

My ws ones are OK, but the germination rate wasn't good - in one jug it was 3 out of 9. I need to resow any day now. :)

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 10:52AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Less than a week, and most of my zinnias have already sprouted. We've had three days in the mid-70s, but cooler nights. I might even plant them out tomorrow, just to get them in the ground. What a great year.


    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 8:44PM
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