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Botanical name: Zinnia elegans

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Any, Sandy, Loamy

Flower color: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Purple, White, Multicolor

Bloom time: Summer

Get a zing from zinnias!

Zinnias are one of the easiest annuals to grow, grow quickly, and bloom heavily. They make a massive burst of color in your garden.

Zinnias have bright, solitary, daisy-like flowerheads on a single, erect stem. The most common zinnia is "dahlia-flowered" and grows up to three feet. Other types are "cactus-flowered."

Use in an annual or mixed border. Smaller zinnias are suitable for edging, windowboxes or other containers. The narrow-leaf zinnia also works well in hanging baskets.

Zinnias are very popular for cut flowers.

Planting

  • Zinnias are grown from seed; they grow very quickly in the right conditions. Zinnias do not like to be transplanted.
  • Full sun is essential wiht a minimum daylight temperature of 60 degrees F.
  • Zinnias are adaptable but prefer fertile, humus-rich, well drained soil at pH preference 5.5 - 7.5.
  • If soil is amended with compost, the flowers will grow more quickly.
  • Sow seeds 1/4-inch deep.
  • Space plants 4 to 24 inches apart depending on variety.  (Many common varieties are 6 inches within the row and 2 feet in between rows.) See back of seed package.
  • Germination occurs at 74 to 80 degrees F in 5 to 76 days.
  • Sow in succession for a longer flowering display.

Care

  • Deadhead to prolong flowering.
  • Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
  • Zinnias will die with the first frost.

Pests

Bacterial and fungal spots, powdery mildew, bacterial wilt. Minimize wetting of foliage to avoid disease.

Caterpillars, mealybugs, and spider mites also cause problems. Avoid spraying and tolerate some leaf damage unless the situation is uncontrolled.

Harvest/Storage

Zinnias generally take 60 to 70 days from seed to flower (though it depends on conditions).

Recommended Varieties

  • Get a full-size flower on a compact plant with cultivars of the 'Dreamland Series.' Dwarf and compact, these zinnias have fully double flowerheads, to 4 inches across in a wide color range; stems are 8–12 inches tall.
  • The 'Thumbelinia Series' cultivars and dwarf and spreading, with single or semi-double, weather-resistant flowerheads in many colors. Their petals are 1-1/4 inch across and stems grow up to 6 inches long.
  • The 'State Fair Series' are the biggest and tallest of them all with large, double flowerheads that are 3 inches across. Stems grow to 30 inches tall.

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies

Wit & Wisdom

  • The small narrow-leaf zinnias make nice dried flowers, too.

E-Cards

Send a free e-card! For more colorful zinnia images, click here.

Comments

Is it safe to reuse pots with

By Laini

Is it safe to reuse pots with soil that was infested by mealybugs? They couldn't be saved from insecticides so I removed the plants, let it dry out in the sun for months without watering. Soil's like sand now coz it's so dry. I know I sound like a cheapskate but I was wondering if I should bother saving the soil and not worry about mealybugs still being there.

I planted Zinnias seeds on my

By EDP

I planted Zinnias seeds on my balcony here in the Dominican Republic. Within 30days I have growth but no blooms. What I have discovered is that in the early morning there are many small yellow blooms. However, within an hour or so, they close up. Question, when can I expect to see full blooms? Am I close?

I purchased a box of zinnia

By nogreenthumbhere

I purchased a box of zinnia seeds that were closed out for $1 at our hardware store. Wow!!! My fence line is filled with zinnias of all colors and all sizes! Just beautiful. We actually have had 40s and 50s temperatures so far in Minnesota and they are still going strong.

I have a question. I'm new to

By Leslie D

I have a question. I'm new to gardening and had a great summer with success and beauty. I just received zinnia seeds. I plan to get started next spring. Can one grow these indoors in pots in winter months?

Even with a grow light, I

By georgewilson

Even with a grow light, I can't see picking zinnias to grow indoors in the winter. Zinnias are the definitive summer plant which LOVES real, direct, full Sun.

We live in South Central

By Jannybug

We live in South Central Missouri and planted zinnias for the first time this summer. I don't know which variety we got but they are nearly 6 feet tall. Twice the height we expected and they have been blooming like crazy. When I deadhead them, I cut them at the base of the individual flower stem which seems to make them happy.

I have planted green envy

By cndcountrygal

I have planted green envy zinnias for my daughters wedding and they were doing fine until flowering. The buds are there ready to open then the "support" to the bud (1/4" below) turns brown and wilts and the bud doesn't open. Help please!

If zinnias suffer, it is

By Almanac Staff

If zinnias suffer, it is usually lack of full sun or nutrient deficiency. Zinnias are heavy feeders and need lots of potassium. We can only guess they needed to be fed more? 

What to do if it has root

By Laini

What to do if it has root mealy bugs? I've tried neem oil & the garlic-soap treatment but they're still there. I feel like it's a waste if I just dump the whole thing.

Try combining 1 cup neem oil,

By Almanac Staff

Try combining 1 cup neem oil, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Add about 1.5 tablespoons of this mixture with 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the infected plants. Apply weekly. You can also try adding food-grade diatomaceous earth to the soil around and under the zinnias.

What is the best way to

By Rag

What is the best way to collect Zinnia seeds? I wanted to collect after the flower becomes totally brown, but most of the petals go off with the wind. And Every petal has the seed.
So now I collect them after the flower is old and starts to become dull in color. Then I dry them for 3-4 days and collect the seeds.
Will I be able to get new plants from these seeds next yr?

You can see the answer to

By georgewilson

You can see the answer to saving zinnia seeds lower on this very page.

Can you replant & get flowers

By Nancy Bonnell

Can you replant & get flowers from the dry zinnia seed

As my flowers turned brown id

By Malvizo

As my flowers turned brown id pull them off and throw them in the flower bed. I forgot all about it and the last of September first of October I got a whole new crop of pretty zinnias!

After an initial bloom my

By cindybobindy

After an initial bloom my zinnias stopped blooming. The buds are there but they will not bloom. I have some in the garden and some in containers and both seem stalled. I had zinnias last year and had so many flowers! Why won't the buds bloom??

Try cutting them back. In

By Almanac Staff

Try cutting them back. In fact, the more flowers you cut, the more the plants will produce for a long season of bloom. If a zinnia bloom is spent (has died), deadhead it -- pinch it off; this will also encourage more blooms.

My zinnias have really small

By Suriji

My zinnias have really small flowers (from being cut/deadhead a number of times). Will they get bigger if I add a bloom fertilizer tube?

Pinching back our zinnia

By Almanac Staff

Pinching back our zinnia flowers actually creates bigger blooms. Perhaps you have a smaller-size zinnia variety?

I don't know the type but

By Suriji

I don't know the type but it's similar to the E-card pic but with fewer & shorter petals.

My zinnias are doing really

By SummerJ

My zinnias are doing really well. The flowers are reaching heights I did not expect. When I deadhead the flowers, if I remove the stem down to the nearest branch, will I encourage the plant to stay shorter?

Pinching your zinnias makes

By Almanac Staff

Pinching your zinnias makes them have many more flowers, rather than long stems.

Hi i planted zinnia in a pot.

By gleire

Hi i planted zinnia in a pot. My worries is at this time it is rainy season here in the philippines, will zinnia be affected of too much rain?

MIGHT BECAUSE IF IT RAINS TOO

By ANONYMUS

MIGHT BECAUSE IF IT RAINS TOO MUCH THE PLANT WILL HAVE TOO MUCH WATER TRY PUTTING IN A INDOOR SPOT BUT LIKE A WINDOW FOR SUNLIGHT

Can I sow zinnia seeds in

By susan_miller_63

Can I sow zinnia seeds in July in NE Texas zone 7B? Is it too late & hot?
Thanks.

If you still wish to plant

By Almanac Staff

If you still wish to plant flowers in July in East Texas, your best bet is probably zinnia or marigolds. They do well in summer heat.

I planted four pots of little

By Ann Robinson

I planted four pots of little Lilliput Zinnias in early May.
One of the pots is just fine, but the other 3 are pale and skinny. can you help. I planted the seeds at the same time and they are in the same area.

Thank you

Ann Robinson.

Hi, Ann: Assuming that the

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Ann: Assuming that the seeds were OK, that there are no pests, that the soil is OK, and that they have had the same water, it sounds as though perhaps these other three are somehow getting shaded even though they are in the same area. Without full sun, zinnia will definitely get pale and skinnia. Good luck!

Last year I started a new

By Lisa S.

Last year I started a new garden and planted zinnia seeds. The zinnias grew, but started to get ugly brown spots all over the leaves. I saved the seeds from the zinnias and planted them again this year. The small seedlings are already getting these brown spots on the tiny leaves. I've read about not getting the foliage wet when watering, but how do you water hundreds of seedlings, without getting the leaves wet?

Is there anything like a fungicide or something I can put on these seedlings to save them? (I readily admit I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to gardening. The green thumb gene that they rest of my family possesses, skipped me!) I would appreciate any help. Thank you!

It sounds like leaf spot

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like leaf spot fungus. Spray with a fungicide recommended by a local nursery two or three times during the season.

I've been growing Zinnias for

By Lorraine Wolff

I've been growing Zinnias for years and have converted many of my friends to do the same. Unfortunately I have something that eats the baby plant. We start them indoors in separate peat pots and plant them once the threat of frost is gone. We always have more on hand then we need because of this mysterious insect (I think)that seams to eat them before they have a chance to grow big and strong.

I have planted zinnias last

By Tori Y.

I have planted zinnias last month and now they are at least 2 feet tall however one of the plants lower leaves became brown and is now wilted and is spreading to the top leaves. Im afraid it has a disease...will insecticide and fungicides work?

Mildew is a common hazard

By Almanac Staff

Mildew is a common hazard with zinnias that results in the conditions you describe.
Click through on the word "powdery mildew" in the text above for more advice.

I bought some zinnias and

By jl kinnison

I bought some zinnias and transplanted them into big pots and they now look like they are almost dead. What can I do to make to live as I noticed above in reading that it says they do not like to be transplanted.

Thanks so much

I am a retiree and live in

By Aslam Shaikh

I am a retiree and live in Lahore Pakistan. I have a small garden and spend quite some time in growing flowers in it, specially the annuals. Two years back I planted seedlings of Zinnia and within a week the birds eat them on the second try the same thing happened. Can some one tell me how to save seedlings from birds.
If I keep them indoors for how long do I wait.
Thanks and regards

try "row cover", very light

By robert Makitten

try "row cover", very light fabric that keeps insects out but lets light and rain through. after the plants get strong you can remove it.

What a dissapointment, Aslam!

By Almanac Staff

What a dissapointment, Aslam! Cover your plants with a screen or the like that allows sunlight and adequate water but not birds.

What type of zinnia seed do

By Melissa Smith Zinnia Lover

What type of zinnia seed do you buy if you want to keep seed for the next year and how do you save them?

Just avoid saving Zinnia

By Almanac Staff

Just avoid saving Zinnia Seeds from hybrid varieties as they do not grow true to the parent. Any open-pollinated variety of seed will do. For example, Profusion is hybrid. Green Envy, Persian Carpet, and Lilliput are popular open-pollinated varieties. Allow the seed to mature and dry as long as possible on the plant. Spread seeds on a screen in a single layer in a well-ventilated area for more drying time. Package in envelopes and store in a cool, dry location.

I live in Great Britain and

By Pauline Brindley

I live in Great Britain and bought Zinnia seeds from Buchard gardens in Canada. The seedlings are growing well in peat pots indoors. What I need to know is do I pinch out to make them bush out?

I'm going to try and grow my

By Tammy H

I'm going to try and grow my first Zinnia Peppermint Sticks from seeds for the first time. I plan on putting them in planters in my back yard. How big do they grow? I live in Ashcroft, British Columbia Canada and it gets hot in the summer. Right now its just the beginning of spring and I'm eager to plant.

Sounds colorful! Peppermint

By Almanac Staff

Sounds colorful! Peppermint Stick Zinnia grows to height of 2 to 3 feet. 

I understand that Zinnias are

By Tammy H

I understand that Zinnias are not easily transplanted. I'm starting mine in a pot until they are big enough to transplant. I'm trying to get rid of the weeds in the soil in my garden out front so it will be easier to manage.

my girls planted their

By momof2dolls

my girls planted their zinnias in a jiffy green house container and there were sprouts within 3 days they are about 2-3inches in height
and still growing the girls are excited and cant wait to have flowers...started them indoor then gradually moved them outdoors since they are still small should i be watching for colder temperatures to keep bringing them in or will they be alright outside in colder temps?

Zinnias are best when they

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are best when they are directly seeded in the ground as they grow fast. 
Zinnias actually don't like being transplanted. If possible, it's best to sow seeds in peat pots that can be directly transplanted into the garden.
Transplant after all danger of frost is gone. Here's our frost chart for your local: www.almanac.com/content/frost-chart-united-states  Just keep in mind that frost dates are averages based on the past; every year is different!

i live in denver,colorado and

By rita spottedhorse

i live in denver,colorado and where i can plant my flowers
is kinda shady when should i plant ?

Zinnias are sunlovers so full

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are sunlovers so full sun is prefered. Maybe you can plant them in containers in a sunny spot. Wait to plant until the minimum daytime temperature is about 60 degrees F.

I'm looking for Creeping

By Lynnette McCord

I'm looking for Creeping Zinnia, Gold braid sanvitalia. Can't seem to find the Gold Braid variety anywhere. Also, is it true impatiens have a desease now that is making them all die?

Yes, impatiens have suffered

By Almanac Staff

Yes, impatiens have suffered from disease and recent years and downy mildew problems still crop up, though it seems to be getting better n 2014 as growers learn ways to fight back this disease. You may wish to consider alternative shade plants to be on the safe side.
We don't sell seeds. (Maybe we should!)  However, if you type "Gold braid sanvitalia" into Google, we see a couple seed companies as well as eBay options. All the best.

I started 50 Zinnias from

By Beaner

I started 50 Zinnias from seed a few days ago on my large lighted plant stand. I need them for a fundraising luncheon that will be held in 47 days. Is there a way to get the Zinnias to bloom within 47 days?

Hi, I planted zinnia's from

By FernM

Hi,
I planted zinnia's from seed in my house & sat them in a south facing window. It gets 10 hours of sun per day. The Zinnias have gotten long and leggy. I now realize that I must buy a grow light, but it might not be in the budget - so my question to you is: is there anyway to save these plants? I have about 20 in pea pods. I was thinking of transplanting up to the leaves - like you do tomatoes, but didn't know if this will work for Zinnias. thanks for any help you can provide!

You could transplant the

By Almanac Staff

You could transplant the seedlings into bigger containers that can be put outdoors during warmer days and moved back indoors at night. The only problem may be space!

Thank you. I have plenty of

By FernM

Thank you. I have plenty of larger containers, so I will try transplanting them.

Hello, I'm relatively new at

By BlackHawk

Hello, I'm relatively new at gardening. I had to grow marigolds last year for a science project and I've recently started my own garden in my room at the moment since we're still getting snow here in PA. I planted Zinnias two weeks back and I'm happy to say that they're growing rapidly! But my one Zinnia sproutling has three brown spots on it's leaves. Is it sick? Can I fix it? I will admit that the one time when I was watering the soil a drop of water hit it since it was late popping out of the soil. I tried to wipe it off and I guess I made it worse. How do I make it better and will it die? All the others are healthy, so does that mean this sick one will affect the others?

Hi, we love colorful zinnias!

By Almanac Staff

Hi, we love colorful zinnias! Zinnias do not like moist soil You want the soil to dry out between waterings because soggy soil promotes fungal disease. Water only at the base of the plant, too.
The bigger issue for you might be lack of warmth. Zinnias LOVE hot weather and full sunlight--as well as lots of air circulation. This comes from being outside. If the zinnias do not survive, it is simply because they need to get outdoors in the sun and it's too early for them. You can seed again!

My grand-daughters planted

By Heather Clark

My grand-daughters planted zinna seeds on the side of my house, in full sun but poor, heavy, soil here in southern Arizona. I have been sprinkling them daily to keep them moist till they sprout. My question is what fertilizer should I use to make sure they will flower?

Zinnias love that full sun

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias love that full sun and hot weather as they come from arid regions. Keep watering regularly. They really aren't that fussy about soil, but we like mix in 2 or 3 inches of compost before planting. Fertilize at least twice during the growing season. Use a balanced granular or water-soluble fertilizer, for instance, one with 20-20-20 on the label.

I am also attempting to grow

By Robinnicole

I am also attempting to grow zinnias for my wedding, the green envy variety. My wedding is in June, so I know that I'm pushing it, but I thought it would be fun to try. We have a large South-facing greenhouse window in the kitchen that gets full sun and stays warm. I started my seeds about a month ago in jiffy pods. They came up beautifully and I have been transplanting them into pots over the last week and a half (everything I transplanted is 2.5" - 4" and has done well so far).

My questions are:

I planted 3 envy zinnia pots per 10" pot... will this be ok or should I thin them out more?

The pots are crowding my greenhouse window for now, but I'd like to put them outside when I can. At what point is it ok to start hardening them off and moving them?? I can move them inside again if the weather turns cold.

How many blooms can I expect if I take good care of them? I have 14 pots with 3 envy zinnias each right now. How can I encourage more blooms? I plan to deadhead religiously but I am unsure of the correct method of cutting to encourage more flowers. I don't need a long stem like for cut flowers (I plan on floating the flower heads in shallow bowls of water with some floating candles).

Thanks!
Robin

Robin- Congratulations on

By Almanac Staff

Robin-
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. We love the idea of floating zinnia heads in water as centerpieces.
Zinnias like to be spaced about 8 to 12 inches apart, so check your pots and see if they come close to that measurement.
Zinnias do not like temperatures below 60 degrees, so when your area warms up, you can begin to harden off the seedlings. It should take about 10 to 14 days to finish the hardening off process.
We can't say for sure how many blooms you will have per plant, but deadheading is the best way to keep the blooms continuous. When flowers wilt, cut back to the nearest leaves on the stem.

hello we are planning on

By casey d

hello we are planning on using zinnias for my wedding decorations and have bought around 500 seeds in shades of pink, and a few called green envy. we have no limit to planting space and can either start indoors or can do a direct sow but what is your advice so that we can have a maximum amount of Blooms towards the end of August. Would you suggest planting indoors or a direct sow after the last frost, and how long after the last would you suggest?

As mentioned above, zinnias

By Almanac Staff

As mentioned above, zinnias prefer to be seeded in the ground and not transplanted. Just back out the maturity dates from the back of the seed pack, and stagger the plantings so you have a chance of hitting your dates.

what are the best vitamins

By Fiona Roth

what are the best vitamins for zinnias

Regular applications of a

By Almanac Staff

Regular applications of a complete fertilizer will aid in growth and flower development. (A complete fertilizer contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in equal amounts such as a "10-10-10." Speak to your local nursery.

I'm using zinnia seeds for my

By Sophia R.

I'm using zinnia seeds for my science fair project and its -12 outside and I'm growing them inside could i use lightbulbs that act as sunlight instead of normal lights and we keep the house at 72 F so I'm guessing it would be fine and how much water should I feed the flowers daily?

I'm using zinnias for my

By Alex Purplecoyote

I'm using zinnias for my science fair project too! Woah, what a coincidence! It's pretty cold where I live too but I have this window sill that's working great for me. You should put the zinnias near a window where the won't be harmed. Just set up a little table out of books, papers, etc... Just make sure It's pretty stable so that if you touch it or something it doesn't fall over or anything. Light bulbs should be the very last thing to consider. They're not as effective as sunlight which will affect the growth. Water the zinnia once every other day.I hope this helps and I still can't believe we're both using the same plant for a science fair project! Good luck on your project. :)

I am growing zinnias for a

By Clary Fairchild

I am growing zinnias for a science project and I would like to know what a good amount of water would be per week for the plants to receive. Thank you in advance for your help!

Grew my 1st zinnias and they

By charm

Grew my 1st zinnias and they did marvelous! Infact they survived a couple of frosts and were still in full bloom when we got a freeze. My question is will there be any seeds from the frozen plants? Only a few flowers had went to seed over the summer and I'd love more seeds. Thanks

Yes, your flower seeds should

By Almanac Staff

Yes, your flower seeds should be fine if they were fully developed before being exposed to a freeze.

Thank you so much

By cromero

Thank you so much

I live in Georgia. What is

By Dianne Ellerbee

I live in Georgia. What is the best time to plant Zinnia seed?

Plant zinnia seeds outdoors

By Almanac Staff

Plant zinnia seeds outdoors after frost danger has passed, or indoors 4 weeks before the last spring frost. To germinate, the soil should be at a temperature of 70 F to 75 F. Also, be sure to give zinnia space; crowding encourages disease.

Hello, my daughter is growing

By Nesha

Hello, my daughter is growing zinnia's for a science project. We are growing them in the window sill with three different types of water to see which one will help the zinnia grow the tallest. We are unsure of how much water to use daily. We live in Central Florida and its still 85 degrees out. Can you recommend a certain amount that might work? Thanks!

I have three large Zennias

By StephanieBurnes

I have three large Zennias that husband gave me from Lowes this summer. They are about feet tall and I really want them to live through the winter indoors and put them back out after the first frost. What are the chances of this happening? I like to try things with my flowers and I am thinking of bringing them in for the summer. Any thoughts? Thank you!!!!

Stephanie Burnes
Bessemer, Alabama

Zinnias are annuals which can

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are annuals which can bloom through fall and even early winter in some regions, but they really don't last through winter. They need lots of direct sunlight and won't thrive with indoor light.  Enjoy the bright blooms as long as they will last!

Hi, I bought 2 Zinnia plants

By Nancy Guzman

Hi, I bought 2 Zinnia plants and they died, less than a week. they are all brown. What can I do so they can be as pretty when I bought them.

Thanks much for the help.

Unfortunately, your zinnias

By Almanac Staff

Unfortunately, your zinnias may have a disease: leaf spot fungus or early blight. Can you take them back to the place where you bought them and ask them to diagnose and perhaps a refund if you just bought them? If you have these problems, you may need to discard of them in the trash; do not throw in your compost or yard as the disease can spread. Tips: Buy disease resistant hybrids, use a fungicide for the two problems above, and avoid watering on the leaves; water at soil level.

Love this site!! Very

By Pat Bolster

Love this site!! Very informative. I have a butterfly garden here in the east side of Phoenix metro and decided in early Spring to try zinnia seeds for the first time. Holy mackeral!! I hit the motherlode. The seeds (all of them it seems!) germinated overnight practically and very quickly sprouted up, grew about four feet tall blooming all the while. Actually, it was a bit frightening as they kept growing UP! LOL. So they stood tall like a forest and just bloomed and bloomed and bloomed (no kidding!). One of the wild duststorms whirled through and the zinnias bowed to it, and stayed that way, but kept blooming. Now more branches have sprouted vertically from the horizontal stalks and are again blooming. What a bonanza. The butterflies, the bees, the hummingbirds,the wasps, even some strange looking critters with dragonfly like wings have enjoyed the zinnias. It is sheer joy to have such success and as it is only mid October, I'm hoping the blooming will last a few more months. It's still in the mid 80's daytime, very sunny, blue sky! Thanks for your website and Good luck with your zinnias everyone!

Where can I buy zinnia hybrid

By kathy newhouse

Where can I buy zinnia hybrid seeds?

Many seed companies offer

By Almanac Staff

Many seed companies offer zinnia hybrid seeds. Here is one example: http://www.burpee.com/flowers/zinnias/zinnia-zowie-hybrid-prod000446.html  Just type "Zinnia Hybrid Seeds" into Google and find a seed company that you like!

Next summer my son is getting

By Robyn Kurtz

Next summer my son is getting married on July 19th. The bride is excited about having zinnias as table decorations. I have plenty of garden space and I am happy to try and grow some flowers for her. If I don't do a good enough job for the wedding decorations I will simply enjoy the color and use them for my home when guests arrive. I have studied your tips and I will follow the directions on the seed packets. Do you have any names of zinnias that make better cut flowers for table decorations. Please give me information on proper cutting, storage and making sure they are bug free for decorations. Thanks- Robyn

Zinnias are perfect cutting

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are perfect cutting flowers! We have a huge cutting garden of zinnias right down the road here in New Hampshire and go all the time. "Pumila" or "Cut And Come Again" is an old favorite for cutting and offers an almost continuous bloom for several months which may make it more likely that you hit her wedding date. They have a lovely rounded blossom form and many stems for cutting. Just back out the "days to maturity" and stagger your plantings to have a chance at hitting her date. We're glad to hear you're realistic about it all!

I have learned a lot by

By Oscar Rodas

I have learned a lot by reading the info. on this site. I have just started working with Zinnias and so far so good. I am expecting the first blooms in two weeks (Is the end of August and I am in the high deserts of Southern California).

Many thanks, Oscar. Wishing

By Almanac Staff

Many thanks, Oscar. Wishing you colorful, plentiful zinnias!

I did everything wrong in my

By Three Dogs Mama

I did everything wrong in my zinnia bed. Now they are really tall and blooming but the leaves are all "rusted" and wilted because I watered them incorrectly. I think they were a little too crowded, too, but I had planted them in a huge circle and somehow they all ended up washed to one side of the tree. Also it is so humid here. I want to cut them back for better fall blooming, but I am wondering if they will indeed "come again" when all the leaves are dead at the bottoms.

For winter do I cut back to

By Mike mcknelly

For winter do I cut back to ground level?

Zinnias are annuals. Remove

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are annuals. Remove the plants at the end of the season and replant next spring.

I love this article so

By Hannah Yeager

I love this article so helpful for my zinnias!!!

i am new to flower planting

By suresh prasad

i am new to flower planting here.this is August 12 now, can i grow &get blooms from zenia seeds now.

Zinnias generally take 35 to

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias generally take 35 to 60 days to bloom, though it depends on the variety. Your seed packet should tell you the days to maturity.  Then back out the days to find out when to seed. They won't grow or bloom after the first fall frost. In most regions, mid-August would be too late to plant. However, if you start in spring next year, you could stagger the plantings through mid-summer and have zinnias blooming most of the season!

I was wondering how to

By Jennifer Houser

I was wondering how to harvest zinnia seeds from the flowers. I have taught my children how to gather marigold seeds and sunflower seeds but I have no idea when to harvest zinnia seeds. we do this to to keep planting our favorite flowers. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.

Wait until the flower petals

By Almanac Staff

Wait until the flower petals have dried and fallen off. Pick the seed head when it is dark brown and dry and rub it between you fingers to remove the flat dried seeds.

I live in central Tx. Last

By Billie Jean

I live in central Tx. Last year I had a beautiful bed of zinnias that attracted so many beautiful butterflies. This Spring I built a butterfly garden and I transplanted more than 30 seedlings from last years bed and they are just as beautiful as they were last year. Perhaps it is just my green thumb or luck but transplanting zinnias worked great for me!!

My zinnia plant has LACEY

By janine P

My zinnia plant has LACEY LEAVES. Whats the best "all in one" pesticide I can use to kill whatever bug is bugging my pretty plant?

You need to identify the

By Almanac Staff

You need to identify the pest. Lacey leaves are often the work of a Japanese beatle. They are easy to spot. It's best to just pick these off with gloved hands. Or, just fill a coffee can with some dish soap. Tap the leaves so that the bugs fall into the can. Otherwise, Sevin (Carboryl) will control them if sprayed regularly. 

When the flowers die, do I

By barbara nordin

When the flowers die, do I cut them off? Will new flowers come out?

Zinnias are great cut

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are great cut flowers. Yes, after you cut a flower, the plant will bloom. In fact, the more flowers you cut, the more the plants will produce for a long season of bloom. If a zinnia bloom is spent (has died), deadhead it -- pinch it off; this will also encourage more blooms.

My zinnia apparently has been

By LORENE ABABON

My zinnia apparently has been eaten by a pest. Do you know if rabbits like to eat zinnias? I have a few inches of green stem left and am hoping they will grow out.

Zinnias are actually one of

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are actually one of the flowers that rabbits do not like. Look for slugs? We have a pest and problem library once you identify the culprit. http://www.almanac.com/topics/gardening/pests-and-problems?keys=Squirrels

I grow Zinnias from seed -

By Barbara Frum

I grow Zinnias from seed - have for 6 years now. This year, for the first time, I have one plant with numerous magenta flowers and ONE BRANCH THAT IS DEEP ORANGE. Can you please explain how this happens.

One zinnia plant can have

By Almanac Staff

One zinnia plant can have different colored blossoms. Zinnias can even have more than one color on each petal!

I have had wonderful success

By Tiare Porray

I have had wonderful success in the past five years with zinnias...big, colorful, thriving plants and abundant blooms... However, this year, the leaves are curling and the limited blooms I DO have are completely washed out. I consulted a local nursery about the situation and was told that, due to repeated planting of zinnias in this flower bed, the zinnas have now contracted a bacteria and this bacteria is not only killing the zinnas, but everything else in my garden as well. I have tried to find more information about this on the internet but haven't really been able to get much of an answer. I would love some input and/or suggestions. Thank you.

It's difficult for us to

By Almanac Staff

It's difficult for us to confirm a diagnosis online. You may have zinnia leaf curl virus or it could be a mite or other insect. To confirm, we would suggest that you submit plant samples to your local cooperative extension. You didn't mention where you live but here is a list of cooperative extensions across the country: http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services We would love to hear what you learned. All the best.

How far down the stem do I

By Nancy Calkins

How far down the stem do I cut when I am cutting off a dead bloom? Just the flower itself or after the firat leaves or farther down?

In general, prune just above

By Almanac Staff

In general, prune just above the point where the dead flower and its stalk meets the first leaves or buds (as you go down the stem from the flower). Be sure not to damage the leaves/buds when you make your cut.

Hi! Im a super beginner with

By Keverley

Hi! Im a super beginner with planting like anything...will this be an easy starting plant that probably wont discourage my want for planting things??

I JUST BOUGHT FEW HOUR AGO A

By CRAZYGARGOLA

I JUST BOUGHT FEW HOUR AGO A ZINNIA FROM A DCF CHARITY, SHE GOT THE LITTLE YELLOW FLOWER OUT BUT NO COLOR YET BUT BY THE PICTURE ON THE TAG IS THE WHITE ZINNIA, I TRANSPLANTED FROM THE LITTLE POT SHE WAS TO A 10 GALLON FISH TANK WITH THE DIRT IT CAME AND A LOT REGULAR DIRT I GET FROM THE STORE, SHE IS GOING TO BE SITTING BY THE WINDOW WHERE SHE WILL GET THE MORNING SUN A TOTAL OF 4 OR 5 HOUR DAILY. IM NEW WITH THIS TYPE OF FLOWER AND I WILL LIKE TO KNOW IF THAT WILL BE TO MUCH SUN LIGHT OR IT WILL NEED MORE THEN THAT, HOW BIG IT WILL GROW. ANY IDEAS ARE WELCOME BUT FOR NOW SHE STAY WHERE SHE'S

i am planting zinnias bought

By john s. peterson

i am planting zinnias bought from a nursery in a 3x3 bed with a purple fountain grass in the center and zinnias around it. do i need to add anything to soil prior to pkanting to ensure healthy plants

Ordinary garden soil is fine.

By Almanac Staff

Ordinary garden soil is fine. Just make sure your soil is well drained and do not crowd them as zinnias need good air circulation. Also, avoid overhead water or splashing water on their leaves. Wetness and crowded conditions can lead to disease.

Zinnia Questions

By Anonymous

Hi
I am in New Orleans and my Purple Prince Zinnias are about 6" - 8" tall right now (May 1). There are 3-4 sets of leaves.
If I cut them back will they have better support and be bushier-as I prefer to not having to stake them?
Also-Any idea when I will see blooms?Will cutting them back delay the blooming?
Thanks! I really enojy lurking in the Almanac forums :)

Expect blooms in late

By Almanac Staff

Expect blooms in late spring/early summer. You can pinch 'Purple Prince' zinnia plants to encourage branching, which is desirable, unless you are growing them for cut flowers.

Transplanting

By Anonymous

I transplanted approx. 10 Zinnias after 2 weeks and they all survived, I was careful to not damage the roots.

TRANSPLANTING ZINNIAS

By Anonymous

Any & all flowers I grow from seed, I start them in a cardboard container(Toilet paper tube/paper towel tube that has been cut short, etc) so that when the time comes to plant it in my flower garden, I just plant the whole container with the plants inside...that way, the roots never get disturbed in any way, & as for the cardboard container, eventually it will decompose which also feeds the plant.

thinning zinnia seedlings

By Anonymous

I want to thin my zinnias but would like to try and save them. Can i just separate them at the roots with sharp scissors to transplant or will this kill them?

After you thin your zinnias

By Anonymous

After you thin your zinnias to recommended spacing for your variety, you can certainly try to transplant the extras. However, know that zinnias prefer not to be transplanted. They like to be sown in the ground and grow very quickly that way. If you try this out, be sure to limit root disturbance and transplant shock. Loosen the soil all around the root and use your hands to gently remove the roots and limit the exposure to sun.

First Bud

By Anonymous

My Zinnia's are just starting to produce buds(Dahlia Variety.) Should I pinch out these first buds to encourage stronger ones later?
Jim, Western Australia.

space

By Anonymous

we grow from seeds in wi how far do you space the lil sprouts in a outdoor setting?

Space plants 4 to 24 inches

By Almanac Staff

Space plants 4 to 24 inches apart depending on variety. Usually, the back of seed package will advise. (Many popular cultivars are 6 inches.)

Flimsy shouts

By Anonymous

I used a starter kit and planted my zinnias inside. After the sprouts were 3-5 inches I transported them to a 6 in pot. I have 12 little flowers but the stems are little and flimsy and the higher they grow the more they start to fall over. My tallest shoot with the biggest flower is 10 or so inches and this week it has drooped over. Is my pot too small or do I need to tie them to little sticks to keep them from falling over?

Flimsy shoots

By Anonymous

You also may not have given them enough light as they were starting. Without enough light, seedings get "leggy" (long, spindly stems). Did you have your plant light about 2" from the seedlings?
You can try transplanting them a little deeper than they were in their pots.

Flimsy shouts

By Anonymous

Zinnias need room to grow, you have WAY too many in that small pot! I use a 20" pot for 2-3 zinnias that will grow about 36" tall and YES, they will need to be tied up.. I usually just tie them to the deck rail!

Zinnias don't like being

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias don't like being transplanted. Sow seeds in peat pots that can be directly transplanted into the garden. It's ideal to just sow seeds directly in the garden when the soil is warmed above 60 degrees, they germinate in just 5 to 7 days and, once germinated, they grow quickly. If seedlings are flimsy or falling over, it's often due to lack of sunlight and/or not enough air circulation/crowding. They are sun lovers who need lots of direct sunlight.

What should/can I do so they

By Anonymous

What should/can I do so they aren't so flimsy? I'm guessing it may be because they are too close together since there are around 20 shoots in a 7 inch pot. I NOW know I should have spread them out when planting the seeds. I also have learned they don't like being transplanted. Is a 7 in pot too small for zinnias? Would it be better to just pull out the ones that are falling over or replant them in a bigger pot? Thanks

Your pot is too small for so

By Almanac Staff

Your pot is too small for so many seedlings. Remove some of them carefully and try to replant them in other pots. You may loose some of them. Then replant the ones in the 7 inch pot in a bigger pot trying to disturb the roots as little as possible.

zinnias

By Anonymous

i have found that zinnia seeds collected or dispersed from my plants germinate quickly but are not like the nursery plants. They shoot up quickly but do not branch out. they remain thin and lean and actually never flower.I was actually wondering if only the store-bought seeds work.

Zinnia seeds

By Almanac Staff

It may be that the original zinnias that you had planted were hybrids. In this case, you will not usually have offspring from these plants looking/behaving like the parents--in other words, they do not "come true" from seed. Instead, each seedling may exhibit different combinations of traits. Some of these traits may not be as good as the original hybrid, or they might be more desirable. For example, vigor may be less than the original hybrid, while flowers might bloom earlier.

For seedlings to look/act like the original hybrids, you'll need to buy more seeds of the same zinnia variety.

Also, in general, look for open-pollinated varieties. Unless there is cross-pollination with another variety, they should come true from seed if you'd like to save seeds for next year.

Sowing Zinnia Seeds Zone 8A

By Anonymous

The weather is so beautiful here today in North Texas and I really really want to sow my zinnia seeds, but I am not sure if it is too early, today is March 15th! Should I wait 2 more weeks or do you think it is safe?

planting zinnias

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias should be planted outside after the last expected spring frost. For the northern part of Texas, this can be in early April to early May. We'd suggest that you find the last expected spring frost date for your specific area by contacting your county's Cooperative Extension. You can find the contact information at: http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services

It sounds like it is too early for your area, in which case you could still start the zinnias indoors four to six weeks before the last spring frost and transplant them outdoors once the threat of frost has passed. Hope this helps!

when should a zinnia plant be

By Anonymous

when should a zinnia plant be transplanted from seed bed.

According to our friends at

By Almanac Staff

According to our friends at Burpee, "Zinnias don't like being transplanted. Sow seeds in peat pots that can be directly transplanted into the garden. Place zinnia seeds on soil surface and lightly press into the surface. Cover with 1/4 inch of soil. Lightly water and cover with clear plastic or glass to keep seeds from drying out. Seeds should germinate in 4 to 7 days. Once up, remove cover and keep soil evenly moist."

zinnia seeds

By Anonymous

i save my dead heads and and crunch them up ,put them in a paper bag and plant them outside the following year..i have had mixed results.but some years they grow well,any tips on storing these dead heads and sowing the following year??

Here's a tip: Save the seeds

By Almanac Staff

Here's a tip: Save the seeds while they are still on the plant, not after you deadhead it. Instead of deadheading all the dying flowers, let some just dry out. The seeds will be attached to shriveled petals and they are ready to harvest when they darken and become dry. Let the seeds form, mature and dry on the plant before you collect and store them. Some plants distribute their seed when their seedpods explode, flinging the seeds away from the parent plant. Make sure to harvest before this occurs or fasten a fine mesh or paper bag over the seed heads to catch the seeds.

Easy Zinnias

By Anonymous

Wow I'm shocked at how much trouble some have growing zinnias. I bought one pack of Giants years ago, planted them in a wide row in my veg garden. After they were several inches high I fertilized with a small amt of 10 10 10. I cut flowers often to use in the house. Any dead flowers I cut back to the next branch and dropped stem and all,
they came back for many years with out me replanting! Finally a late frost got them. Zone 7 Georgia.

Brown on leaves

By Anonymous

Why is there some Brown on My zinnias leaves.
The marigolds dont have any brown and are grown in the same soil(peat moss).Do they need more potassium and phosphorus that marigolds ?

If it is the bottom leaves

By Almanac Staff

If it is the bottom leaves that turn brown it's normal for zinnias. If you have brown spots on the leaves it could be leaf spot disease. Try not to get water on the leaves. Keep them dry.

flowers not developing

By Anonymous

Many of my zinnias do not reach even near the stated size and also doubles are singles and some only have petals part of the way around. Purple prince and others that look true bluish purple in ads are really only at best magenta or off pink. I have read others having similar problems - what am I doing wrong? They have full day of sun and are fertilized and watered.

zinnia troubles

By Almanac Staff

It is possible that your plants have a virus; if so, you'll need to remove the plants. Viruses can create strange effects sometimes, such as twisted leaves or flowers, flowers with little or no petals, etc. We'd recommend asking your county's Cooperative Extension service to see what diseases are prevalent in your area that might be affecting your zinnias. They might also be able to diagnose your plant if you give them a sample. For contact information, go to:

http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services

Be sure that the soil is not highly alkaline. Zinnias like a soil pH of between 5.5 and 7.5. Check the level of boron--a lack can cause stunted growth and bud blasting.

Hope this helps!

Powdery Mildew

By Anonymous

Our Zinnias seem to get the nasty mildew toward the beginning of fall both where we used to live in the Pacific Northwest and now in South East Australia.

Keeping the leaves as dry as possible doesn't seem to prevent it.

Any organic solutions that won't harm nearby perennials?

Avoid overcrowding of plants

By Almanac Staff

Avoid overcrowding of plants and provide good air movement. Then spray the plants with a mix of 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Or try spraying with a 50/50 mixture of low-fat milk and water once a week. The "Profusion" series of zinnia is very resistant to powdery mildew if you can find the seeds in Australia. Good luck!

Indoor Zinnias

By Anonymous

Hi
I am a beginner in flower planting. I bought a packet of zinnias seeds in the late SEP and planted them in a pot. My question is can I keep them until the spring and will they ever gonna bloom?

zinnias in pot in autumn

By Anonymous

Why not try? But probably, zinnias grown through the winter without much light will become dwarfed or stunted and will not take off and bloom in the spring.
So seed more zinnias indoors or directly in garden at the appropriate time in spring.

Zinnias like hot weather and

By Catherine Boeckmann

Zinnias like hot weather and they are height-of-summer flowers. You can grow indoors, but you will need lots of intense light and heat via grow lights and heat lamps for germination and growth. It would be best to seed closer to spring.

Is it good to plant zinnias

By Anonymous

Is it good to plant zinnias in november?

Zinnia planting date

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias love warmth, and will not survive for long after a frost. If you live in an area that gets frost, then it is best to sow seed directly outdoors after the last expected spring frost. Or, you can start them earlier indoors, but set them out after threat of frost is past. In Zones 10 and 11, you can plant a second crop in September or October for autumn flowers. November is likely getting too cool at night for the plants to thrive.

After the first frost.....how far to cut back?

By Anonymous

As expected, my zinnias are dead after the first frost. Should i completely remove the plants? or cut back the thick stems low to the ground? Will they bloom again next year? New Jersey climate

We hope that you enjoyed your

By Almanac Staff

We hope that you enjoyed your colorful zinnias! They will not bloom next year. Zinnias are annuals. They generally do not survive frost, so it is time to remove them completely. Next spring, start seeds outdoors after frost danger has passed, or indoors 4 weeks before the last spring frost.

How do I get new blooms when deer bite off the tops?

By Anonymous

Zinnias are supposed to be unpalatable to deer, but those in my yard haven't gotten the memo. After the tops of my zinnias have been cleanly bitten off and I just have a stalk there, can I cut down past the leaves or something to re-bloom? Thanks to anyone who can help! (Also, I'm used to dead-heading petunias, but not zinnias - do I deadhead the entire bloom?)

You are correct: On paper

By Almanac Staff

You are correct: On paper (and in other media), zinnias are deer-resistant. Maybe, as you say, nobody has told the deer. Sources we checked suggest that this idea is not necessarily guaranteed; in fact, no plant is absolutely deer proof. When deer are hungry, they will eat almost anything.
Apparently earwig have a taste for zinnia flowers; we're not sure if their little mouths can bite the tops clear off, as you say.
Deadheading (aka disbudding, pinching back, heading back, cutting back and thinning) of zinnias should result in new blooms; deadheading is essentially clipping the tops clear off...like the deer apparently did. It should not be necessary to clip the stems below the leaves.
We hope this helps! –Almanac editors

flowers

By Anonymous

hey ur flowers are pretty

Brown Leaves

By Anonymous

why does my zinnias leafs turn brown and dry?Also do u water them from bottom like u do african violets?

You'll want to water from the

By Almanac Staff

You'll want to water from the bottom. Avoid getting the foliage wet; it will help prevent disease.

cut flowers

By Anonymous

my zinnias wilt within 48 hours when cut and start to deteriorate about an inch from the top and bend over. many of my cut flowers do the same no matter if i use tap water or distilled water. any ideas? tx for your help.

We love zinnias, too, but

By Almanac Staff

We love zinnias, too, but they and other flowers can be finicky. Imagine: cutting a stem is a shock to a plant, so be kind: Do it early in the morning or in the evening, when the any dew or moisture has evaporated; essentially, do not cut them during the high heat of the day. Use clean tools. Be careful when handling; try not to crush the stems. (This advice applies to most cut flowers.)

It may be that you are cutting (harvesting) your zinnias too soon in their maturity. These flowers do not continue to bloom after they are cut; only harvest them when they are fully open—and remove all of the leaves; the foliage does not last. Plunge the stems into warm (one source recommends about 100°F) water immediately.

Bring them indoors as soon as you can after cutting. Some sources suggest cutting the stems again, at an angle—if you have not already—to encourage water to travel up the stem.
Some sources suggest using floral preservative in the water in the vase with zinnias; other absolutely do not advise it. Use a clean vase and change the water frequently (once/day) to avoid algae.

About the water: It is possible that your water is too “hard” (has an alkaline pH of 7 to 10 or so) or too soft (has an acidic pH of about 4 to 6). You could distill your water or buy deionized water. Or collect and use rain water—and see if it makes a difference.

Keep you arrangement in a cool place; avoid sunny windows/sun and other warm places. Also, some plants are sensitive to ethylene gas that is given off by most fruits and vegetables—especially apples. (To be sure, some decaying flowers and stems give off ethylene gas, too.) So display your zinnia (and other flowers) at a distance from any fresh produce.

That’s about all we know, and we hope this helps!

Propogate zinnias from cuttings?

By Anonymous

I have searched many web sites and I have yet to find any information to grow zinnias any other way than seeds. Is this a possibility?

No, zinnias do not continue

By Almanac Staff

No, zinnias do not continue to bloom once cut. They're an annual that germinates from seed in only 5 to 7 days. Very easy and quick grower.

seeds

By Anonymous

I have 2 orange & pink zinnias, which r fully
bloomed. They r short plants 8inch in hight. Can I propogate them by seeds and how to collect those seeds.

For a pure seed, you'd want

By Almanac Staff

For a pure seed, you'd want to grow one zinnia variety at a time (or, they need to be 1/4 mile apart). Seeds are ready to harvest when the blooms begin to turn brown and dry. The seeds are contained in the very center. When the heads are completely dry, gently crush the heads between your hand and then carefully winnow away the chaff.

i have red and white

By Anonymous

i have red and white verigated zinnias in a pot. they r almost 4ft tall and have lots of blooms. tho some of the blooms resemble cone flowers and are kind of turning brown. why is that? also should i dead head my zinnias. if so, what is the best way to do so.

Reseach shows that

By Almanac Staff

Reseach shows that deadheading zinnias keeps them blooming. to deadhead, just pinch off the flower along with the seed receptacle beneath the flower's base (i.e., not just the petals). If the flowers are starting to turn brown, they are probably just old blooms. Be careful not to splash the leaves when you water and give your zinnias liquid fertilizer once a month to keep them blooming.

Buds, no flowers

By Anonymous

I have a zinnia that has numerous buds on it but none of them have ever flowered. They turn brown and die. Now many of the leaves are brown. Any idea why this is happening and how to solve this problem?

Do you have evidence of bugs?

By Almanac Staff

Do you have evidence of bugs? Look for tiny bugs or honeydew. If so, spray with insecticidal soap. That is a possibility though browning foliage is usually powdery mildew which can be treated with a fungicide spray. Also, ensure that zinnia get LOTS of sun for blooms and never get watered from overhead; wet leaves causes the mildew.

First timer black thumb !

By Anonymous

My son attends daycare weekly and Friday he brought home a zinnia planted in a small foam cup it's about 6 or 7 inches tall with a few leaves no blooms should I transfer to a pot ? I really want to keep it alive sad to say but it's my first plant ever and I want him to be as proud of it as I am any tips would help thank you all !

Zinnias are the perfect

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are the perfect beginner flower! They do prefer to have their seeds sowed directly into the ground, but it's possible to transplant in the ground (or pot) if you don't disturb their roots. On a cloudy morning, gently remove the entire contents of the cup and place in the ground so it's level with the soil. It's best to put mix organic matter or a slow-release fertilizer in the hole first (ask your garden center). Water deeply, but don't let it get waterlogged. Then just water and weed! Water when the soil is dry to the first knuckle of your finger and then water deeply so it gets to the roots (5 inches down). Then wait between waterings until the soil dries out. It's best to water infrequently and deeply. They should get a total of 1 inch of rain/water per week. How to tell what 1 inch is? Put out an empty tin tuna can and measure the rain! It's fun for kids.

SMall flower heads

By Anonymous

My zinnia heads are tiny. Any idea why? Thank you.

Zinnas need LOTS of sun for

By Almanac Staff

Zinnas need LOTS of sun for full flower heads. They can also take a while to fully flower; some varieties are late summer bloomers.

Small zinnias

By Anonymous

I have two different plants and one of them has small blooms and the other is massively big i have used the same amount of miracle grow on them and they are still the same size. The more sun they get the bigger they get too.

My Zinnias

By Anonymous

I have never grown flower outdoors because where I use to live everything planted outside got eaten by deer and other critters. However since I have moved to a gated area my garden is going crazy. I have Zinnias with green bloomage are they just not old enough to turn color yet?? oh and can I put them in a pot with other flowers.

Green Blooms

By Anonymous

There are varieties of zinnias that have green blooms. They are a unique variety and I am planting quite a few this summer.

Assuming they have lots of

By Almanac Staff

Assuming they have lots of sun, some zinnia varieties are just late bloomers (August). They are fine in containers. Plant 6 inches apart. Zinnias are great companions for many annuals and also vegetables--from pole or bush beans to squash! They deter many insect pests and attract pollinators.

Potted Forever?

By Anonymous

I have just planted my adorable little lilliput zinnias in a small pot and plan to transplant it into another pot that is slightly larger. Are these plants alright if they stay potted? And if so, how many seeds should I put in the pot to prevent too many blooming flowers?

Yes, you can keep zinnias in

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can keep zinnias in containers. Just be sure to keep them well watered and moist since containers dry out more quickly. They'll still need lots of sunlight (6 hours a day). Feed the plants WEEKLY with a full strength, 5-10-5 fertilizer. (No timed-release fertilizer.) In terms of pot size, plant 1 zinnia per 6-inch pot, 3 zinnias per 10-inch pot, and 5 zinnias per 14-inch pot.

Temp?

By Anonymous

I have newly baby zinnia and its about still in the 60's during day am I able to put the pot outside in the sun for little bits at a time as long as it doesn't get too cold so I'm guessing does anyone know what the temp gauge is on these zinnias?

Zinnias are ready for

By Almanac Staff

Zinnias are ready for production in full sun with a minimum daytime temperature of 60°F.

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