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Zinnias from seed

Posted by brownthumbinbrooklyn 7a (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 27, 13 at 11:54

This year I direct sowed zinnia seeds after danger of all frost in full sun in hummus rich soil. The varieties were:
ZINNIA OKLAHOMA MIX
ZINNIA CUT & COME AGAIN MIX
The plants grew just fine and started to bloom very late summer but there was only one flower per plant and the flowers were small (2").. especially compared to the ones I see at the farmers market.

What am i doing wrong and what I can do to correct this? I have only been gardening for 3 years and I am making so many mistakes that I am starting a garden to from scratch again.


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RE: Zinnias from seed

You didn't necessarily do anything wrong....the blooms of Oklahoma Mix are only supposed to be 1.5", and Cut & Come Again only 2.5". You should start by looking for large flowered cut varieties like Benary's Giant Dahlia or Giant Cactus Flowered Mix. Geo Seed in SC carries both of these varieties.


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RE: Zinnias from seed

to goblugal:
Thank you so much for the answer. I did not know and will try again with the breeds you have suggested. Is it normal for there to be one flower per plant?


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RE: Zinnias from seed

Cut off the first flower stem, down to a pair of leaves. The plant will grow 2 new stems and so on with many branches. Cut off the flowers as they fade, so the plant will keep making more flowers. Its goal is to set seed. By pinching stems and deadheading faded flowers, you can prolong flowering all summer and into fall.


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RE: Zinnias from seed

Cut off the first flower stem, down to a pair of leaves. The plant will grow 2 new stems and so on with many branches. Cut off the flowers as they fade, so the plant will keep making more flowers. Its goal is to set seed. By pinching stems and deadheading faded flowers, you can prolong flowering all summer and into fall.


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