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When to Pinch Zinnias

Posted by eigdeh z6 NJ (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 22, 11 at 20:06

I started Zinneas from seed about two weeks ago. They are about 2 inches tall and have a total of six leaves each. Is this the time to pinch the leaves? If so do I pinch off the 5th and 6th leaves, or do I also pinch off the 3rd and 4th?



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RE: When to Pinch Zinnias

Ouch! My Zinnias are about 4" tall and 3" wide and we have transplanted them into their own pots just yesterday. I didn�t know that you were supposed to pinch them! Thanks for the post! I do want to know where and how you pinch them.
You can see my plants on my blog. Just scroll down to Growing from Seeds Update.

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RE: When to Pinch Zinnias

I pinch my zinnias between the 4-8th set of leaves.

No real wrong or right answer, they will just bush out more, not black and white on which exact pair of leaves to start pinching.


RE: When to Pinch Zinnias

Thanks Keriann!

Jerry, when you pinch the leaves you will get two new branches. If you pinch the new branches again at some point you will then have 4, etc... You will get a more bushy plant rather than a tall slender one.

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